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Type
Article
Category
Cinema
Obituary

Vale Agnès Varda

I’m devastated about Agnès Varda’s death, not only because the world has lost a great light but because she was still making art, and we’ve lost what she still had left to give us.

Battir
Type
Article
Category
Palestine

My fear for Battir

I fear for Hassan and Vivien and all the villagers and farmers who have worked so hard to maintain Battir’s terraces as a community-based enterprise of which they are rightly proud. The events of Christmas Eve also touch that place in me that fears for the survival of Palestine and my mother’s homeland.

Shaun and Andrew in courtyard2
Type
Reflection
Category
Obituary
Writing

Andrew McGahan’s theatre life – a personal account

When I first met Andrew, in the mid-1990s, he had already won the Vogel award for Praise and had written a play, Bait. Working alongside David Berthold, Bait was the result of Andrew’s time as a resident writer at the Queensland Theatre Company. As fate would have it, the company passed on producing it. Andrew’s time at the company was also over, and so that may well have been it for Andrew’s involvement in the theatre.

2018 Student protestors outside Raymond Priestly building
Type
Article
Category
Sexual assault
The university

It’s in the interest of our universities to make sexual misconduct data public

University students have a right to know the scale of sexual misconduct as an issue on their campus that pertains to their mental and physical wellbeing. Prospective students, as well as current ones, should be able to fully and easily inform themselves of the track record of the institutions where they will spend a significant portion of their time studying, and in some cases working or living.

Dota 2 Hand o Midas Patch
Type
Article
Category
Capitalism
Gaming

When the game plays you: DotaPlus and surveillance capitalism

What makes DotaPlus interesting isn’t that it represents a new stage in the ongoing platformisation of videogames, but rather – I would suggest – that it reflects an economic and infrastructural model reliant on the quasi-autonomous capture, sorting, and presenting of user data. This model has transformative implications for the players’ experience of gaming.