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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    We don't own Amy Winehouse

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 27 July 2011
    4 Comments

    It sometimes seems celebrities are public property. News of the death of British singer Amy Winehouse was met with both grief and jokes. Hearing her father Mitch speak of her as any father would about a child who has died prematurely, grounds her.

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  • MEDIA

    Consumers rule in Murdoch's evil empire

    • Catherine Marshall
    • 21 July 2011
    14 Comments

    The public was quick to claim ignorance and condemn the theft of private information by News of the World. But ignorance is no longer an excuse, especially in these post-Princess Diana years where the role of the paparazzi, traitorous friends and dodgy journalists is well-known. 

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Why we're mean to Julia

    • Moira Rayner
    • 19 July 2011
    38 Comments

    Those who rise by media approval, will fall by it. Once, talkback radio hosts and reporters drummed up Gillard as tomorrow's PM and the day's bright star in the political firmament. Today she's 'JuLiar', the 'witch', a fallen princess. What went wrong?

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  • MEDIA

    Blogs and monsters

    • Fatima Measham
    • 09 June 2011
    2 Comments

    In declaring internet access a human right, the UN's special rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression insisted that the internet must be maintained at all times 'including during times of political unrest'. He could have said 'especially'.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    How Islamic law can protect Australian cows

    • Fatima Measham
    • 01 June 2011
    11 Comments

    On Monday evening, Four Corners viewers reeled at images of Australian cattle being slaughtered in Indonesia. Since Indonesians are predominantly Muslim, perhaps an appeal to change their inhumane practices can begin with an appeal to the concept of halal: that which is permissible under Islamic law.

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  • RELIGION

    No justice for Toowoomba's shepherd

    • Frank Brennan
    • 16 May 2011
    31 Comments

    I have known Bill Morris as priest and bishop for 30 years. He is a good man — no flash academic but the most down to earth pastoral guy you could meet. His forced departure from Toowoomba has been some years in the coming. He is right to claim that he has been denied natural justice.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Gandhi's echo

    • Kimberley Layton
    • 12 April 2011
    2 Comments

    After being recruited by a motley group of NGO activists under the banner ‘India Against Corruption’, 72 year old social activist Anna Hazare has just completed a hunger strike, and is being spruiked as the face of a new, corruption-free India. But just because Gandhi did it, doesn’t make it right.

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  • MEDIA

    Cyber traps for young players

    • Chris Middleton
    • 11 April 2011
    6 Comments

    The use of Skype to demean a young female trainee at the Australian Defence Force Academy once again demonstrates that the internet can damage young people’s sense of self. It also points to the need for an educational program that builds an awareness of our culture and an ability to question information and critique forms of communication.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Gerry Harvey shares the love online

    • Michael Mullins
    • 03 April 2011
    2 Comments

    High profile furniture and electronics retailer Gerry Harvey has announced that Harvey Norman would reluctantly open an online store. Most businesses are not yet confident about how to replicate online the interpersonal relationship that lies behind every economic transaction.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Christchurch's reasonable hope

    • Sande Ramage
    • 23 February 2011
    5 Comments

    Unreasonable hope is when we think God will save Christchurch, or that anything is going to be the same again. Reasonable hope means we become realistic, sensible and moderate, directing our attention to what is within reach.

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  • RELIGION

    Pope's guide to social networking

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 02 February 2011
    9 Comments

    Benedict's World Day of Social Communications address shows how an elderly, intelligent man might reflect on the massive changes in social communication. He associates social networking with the young, and trusts in their freedom to use it well.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Inside and outside the Facebook fishtank

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 27 January 2011
    3 Comments

    A lot of people say they committed Facebook suicide – deleting their profile – after seeing the new American documentary Catfish. 'Even I've scaled back,' says co-director Ariel Schulman. 'If a "virtual relationship" affects you emotionally, then it's not virtual at all.'

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