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  • MEDIA

    Too soon for MH370 punchlines

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 23 March 2014
    5 Comments

    There is little doubt that it is too soon and the story too tragic to be the butt of jokes. But the fact that such responses exist speaks to the ways in which this story has permeated the public imagination in unhealthy ways. The engagement is frequently marked by genuine concern, but also contains a deeply voyeuristic fascination that is divorced from the humanity of these events. People love a mystery, and an unhappy ending even more.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    HSU corpse fouls Julia's nest

    • Moira Rayner
    • 11 April 2012
    16 Comments

    Most of the media bazookas are trained on her for refusing to condemn Craig Thomson, whose warm seat is toasting the shapely behind of the Gillard Government, which is one parliamentary vote ahead of oblivion. But Thomson's status as 'innocent until proven guilty' is a critical element of the rule of law.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Labor, unleash your rock star

    • Paul Mitchell
    • 20 October 2010
    5 Comments

    Labor has used its rock star politician to push paper around. Peter Garrett was a hero to a lot of us. Get him out of that godawful suit and let him speak — sing, if he has to! — his mind on every issue that made him the most outspoken rock singer this country has seen.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Toppling the idyls of youth

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 02 September 2010
    1 Comment

    A barroom brawl is transformed in Boy's head into a version of Michael Jackson's 'Beat It' music video. It's 1984 and Jackson is at his artistic and popular peak: pre-surgery, pre-child abuse allegations. Boy's worship is pure, but as an audience watching in 2010 we know the purity is transient.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Best of 2009: Michael Jackson's tragic gift

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 14 January 2010
    1 Comment

    When celebrities die, public grief is disproportionate, because death reasserts the humanity of one who has seemed beyond it. Jackson had become so far removed from his humanity that the shock of his mortality is even more profound. June 2009

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Hey hey it's a human rights violation

    • Michael Mullins
    • 12 October 2009
    20 Comments

    A majority of Australians seem to view the Black Faces segment on Hey Hey as benign, at worst. A Human Rights Charter might amplify the voice of the Koori woman who called a talkback radio station to say the segment had undermined her sense of equality.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Michael Jackson's tragic gift

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 29 June 2009
    6 Comments

    When celebrities die, public grief is disproportionate, because death reasserts the humanity of one who has seemed beyond it. Jackson had become so far removed from his humanity that the shock of his mortality is even more profound.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Gaddafi's Vatican weirdness

    • Desmond O'Grady
    • 17 June 2009
    1 Comment

    Libyan leader Colonel Gaddafi looked like Michael Jackson when he landed in Rome. During his first ever visit to Italy, he said Islamic forms of government should not be criticised since the Vatican is a theocratic State.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Biopic avoids venerating troubled artist antihero

    • Tim Kroenert
    • 31 October 2007
    6 Comments

    The 'troubled artist', creative but self-destructive, looms large in pop culture. The film Control offers sympathy for the artist's love ones, who are left bruised and bleeding.

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  • RELIGION

    Lessons for Church in the new Ireland

    • Piaras Jackson
    • 21 August 2006

    History shows how Irish people have relied on the Church in coping with adversity. The 'official' church may now choose to follow where the people have led, into an Ireland that is more diverse, urban and secular than before.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Film reviews

    • Morag Fraser, Brett Evans, Juliette Hughes, Gordon Lewis
    • 08 July 2006

    Reviews of the films The Quiet American; Tadpole; Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets; Lovely & Amazing and The Fellowship of the Ring (extended version DVD).

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Film reviews

    • Siobhan Jackson, Brett Evans, Morag Fraser, Marcelle Mogg, Allan James Thomas
    • 06 July 2006

    Reviews of the films About Schmidt; Standing in the Shadows of Motown; Taking Sides; Chicago and Bowling for Columbine.

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