Flow State, or the struggle to stage the sublime under Covid

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Article
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Culture

This isn’t ‘ordinary life’. It’s not even a ‘Covid-normal’ life. It’s a public health crisis. It could be the crisis in capitalism too. And maybe the questions is: has the ‘oscillation’ finally reached a speed that’s spinning the system off its hinges? Or is all this fear, tribalism, and environmental devastation – tempered by hope, scientific discovery and political awakening – evidence the system’s working quite logically under its only rule: that capitalists consolidate wealth and power. Always.

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Article
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Journalism
Technology

The misinformation engine

By inviting news providers to join the platforms they cannot beat, Australia’s News Media Bargaining Code effectively commercialises all news content. Even public service content is now reliant on the attention it can generate on platforms like Facebook and Google News to reach an audience.

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Cartoon
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Health

Safe injecting rooms save lives

A safe injecting room in Melbourne saved at least twenty-one lives in its first eighteen months of operations, and prevented 270 serious overdose incidents. No-one Safe injecting rooms save lives: Build them. Defend them.

The doctor's disease

What distinguishes a doctor from a scientist or a textbook is their figuration in culture, their supposed ability to incorporate something more artful than scientific into the treatment, and their manner at the bedside. It’s for that reason we can say that the doctor presented as ‘Dr Death’ is indeed monstrous – but monstrous in the most doctorly way. Monstrous inasmuch as what is doctor in him has grown malignant.