MEDIA


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How Facebook changed my life

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19 May 2010 | Cassandra Golds

You never read anything good about Facebook. A headline in the Sydney Morning Herald this week declared there are no rules. It has a reputation for superficiality and promiscuous over-sharing. But I haven't had so much fun in years. And I have never felt less alone.


Sympathy for Catherine Deveny

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07 May 2010 | Andrew Hamilton
Catherine DevenyCatherine Deveny's sacking smells of hypocrisy. Some will say that those who live by the sword die by the sword. But in this case it appeared that those who provided her with the sword and encouraged her to use it liberally, stabbed her in the back with it.


The dignity of Carl Williams

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21 April 2010 | Andrew Hamilton

Carl WilliamsWhen celebrities who have treated people violently suffer themselves from violence, their suffering is approved because it is an expected part of the plot. The death of Carl Williams has been covered as if it were an episode of Underbelly. Williams deserves better than this.


China turns tables on Australia's Indian racism

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27 January 2010 | Peter Hodge
When western campaigners used the Beijing Olympics to promote the Tibet issue, the Chinese felt the attention was sensationalist and unfair. So it's no surprise the Chinese media took notice when  violence against foreign students in Australia came to prominence.


Catholic dogs and the new sectarianism

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08 October 2009 | Tim Kroenert
Marrying Out recalls the vicious sectarian divide between Catholics and Protestants in Australia during much of the 20th century. Blame is allocated to neither Protestants nor Catholics, but to the human propensity for distrust and hatred.


ABC's mainstream religion tested, found wanting

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01 October 2009 | Paul Collins
Religion Report Since the axing of The Religion Report, mainstream ABC news and current affairs programs have missed a range of important religious topics and events. It seems unlikely that General Manager Mark Scott will be able to maintain religion as a viable reality on the ABC.


What real feminists want

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28 September 2009 | Ruby J. Murray

The Great Feminist DenialDuring the last week, a fight broke out in the media over the place of feminism in Australian society. It's an old fight, that's been going on ever since women broke out of their bloomers and demanded the vote. What's the real deal, feminism?


'Poverty porn' and the politics of representation

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28 July 2009 | Tulsi Bisht

Put-downs of post-colonial India are often seen as a continuation of the colonial mentality. The Indian media's portrayal of Australia as racist following the attacks on Indian students does more harm than good.


Alice's addiction in Cyberland

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27 July 2009 | Adam McKenna
Second LifeAs we continue to become tools of our tools, we risk mistaking online social networking for social capital. Social networking is widespread because humans are social animals, and technology has changed the way we live, interact and seek to interact.


Sri Lanka's war of propaganda

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26 May 2009 | Paul Farrell

Tamil Tigers flagThe Sri Lankan Government has been accused of endangering and killing civilians. The Tamil Tigers have been accused of using civilians as human shields. While the fog of war may be dissipating, media on the ground continue to be stifled.


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