The BuzzFeed condition

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Reflection
Category
Reading
The internet

The popularity of gifs, memes and listicles underscore our fragmented, and simultaneously, overloaded visual culture, which flourishes with an excess of images, videos and visual media online. It is now with great pleasure that many of us turn to BuzzFeed lists and indulge in an article or two.

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Article
Category
Activism
Politics

Spring in the step

Over 130,000 students voted to strike, with more student associations to hold votes in the coming weeks. Organisers are hoping for the return of the famous ‘Maple Spring’ a student movement in Quebec in the summer of 2012. It successfully prevented 75 per cent tuition hikes, overturned an unpopular anti-protest law and brought down the provincial government.

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Article
Category
Activism
Politics
Racism

Blunder and bluster

Recent comments from Prime Minister Tony Abbott about the ‘lifestyle choices’ of Indigenous Australians have drawn fire from all quarters. The storm can be seen on social media sites with the hash tag #lifestylechoices. It has created discussion, debate and derision about what constitutes a valid ‘lifestyle choice’ in Australia, and what doesn’t; what Australians choose to fund with taxpayer dollars; and what we don’t.

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Article
Category
Culture
Racism
Writing

Judging blind

It is not just a matter of ‘white over black’ as Fulton tends to stress. The judges and winners are solidly Anglo-Celtic with a few minor variations. It is also notable that they are nearly all creatures of the academic world at some level as are poets of the award-eligible class in Australia generally.

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Article
Category
Culture
Politics
Sexism

The Thicke and the clear

The opening beats to ‘Blurred Lines’ provoke eye-rolling and mumbles – or shouts – about its misogynistic content. Think about all the times you’ve changed the radio station the second you hear those opening bass beats and cowbell rattles. Now think about all the times you’ve danced or sung along to another song, without stopping to consider its content. Recently, Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams made the news again by losing a court case against Marvin Gaye’s family ‘Blurred Lines’. Gaye’s family sued Thicke and Williams for copying the 1977 song ‘Got To Give It Up’. This led to another rise in attacks on them for ‘not getting consent’.