Author: Michael McVeigh

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Lament of the 21st century man

    • Michael McVeigh
    • 09 July 2013
    10 Comments

    His body itself is a symbol of his inherited power and privilege. He hears women talk about being afraid to go out at night alone. He sees the great strides women have made in the workforce, yet sits in management meetings where nine out of ten leaders are men. He sees bikini clad women on his television screen and feels guilty at admiring their bodies.

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  • MEDIA

    Catholic communicators navigating new media

    • Michael McVeigh
    • 06 May 2013
    1 Comment

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  • RELIGION

    Why the Church should thank the media

    • Michael McVeigh
    • 14 November 2012
    52 Comments

    Cardinal Pell argued this week that the Church has been unfairly vilified by the media. But the media has done the Church a favour in bringing this issue to light. Until the Church can provide a proper account of its misdeeds and point to real commitments to victims, the attacks will justifiably continue.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    When gamers rule Australia

    • Michael McVeigh
    • 24 July 2012
    2 Comments

    Imagine if life was a video game. You could earn health points for a good diet, citizenship points for catching the train, social awareness points for reading the news. But how many points would you get for helping a homeless person? And how would you measure an activity such as talking to your family?

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Blue people

    • Michael McVeigh
    • 19 June 2012
    7 Comments

    Have you ever thought about what life would be like for people who saw everything as if looking through a blue-tinged lens? For these people, everything in the world would be a shade of blue. Their car would be a shade of blue. It's one thing to be deceived, another thing to be physically unable to perceive the truth. Should we pity the blue people of this world?

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Kony collared by the sound of a million Tweets

    • Michael McVeigh
    • 11 March 2012
    7 Comments

    No matter how many people in the West sign on to the viral campaign, bringing Joseph Kony to justice is a complicated prospect. Yet what's most fascinating and exciting about the campaign is the way it has united people behind a single moral purpose.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Turnbull's Utegate mudslide

    • Michael McVeigh
    • 30 June 2009
    3 Comments

    The biggest casualty in the Ozcar affair appears to be Malcolm Turnbull, whose approval rating has plummeted. Turnbull is learning that a politician's job security isn't just tied to their ability to play politics. It's also linked to their character.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    New Zealand's best export

    • Michael McVeigh
    • 19 December 2008
    2 Comments

    Life here leaves characters little time for introspection or philosophy. When politics finds its way into the strips, it's done in typically irreverent country style. Footrot Flats is one thing Australians could never steal from our nearby neighbours.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Gen Y free for anything except belonging

    • Michael McVeigh
    • 11 December 2006

    A new Generation Y study says that today's young people have grown up in a very skeptical and cynical society. Therefore they're isolated, and don’t feel too good about believing in, or belonging to, anything.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    What's heroism got to do with climbing mountains?

    • Michael McVeigh
    • 29 May 2006
    2 Comments

    There’s something profoundly disturbing about the idea of a man dying, freezing, alone in a cave, 800 metres below the peak of Mount Everest. Michael McVeigh looks at the moral dilemma that faced climbers who left a man to die, and pushed on, in order to reach their own personal goal.

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  • RELIGION

    Da Vinci's conspiracy of cryptography

    • Michael McVeigh
    • 18 May 2006
    3 Comments

    The Da Vinci Code would be a far more liberating experience for the reader if it was about asking questions, rather than unlocking answers.

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