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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    All that jazz

    • Grant Fraser
    • 24 January 2009

    To an outsider jazz might seem a mysterious, prowling place because it defies simple definition. This is a journal for slow reading, recommend to those who are not jazz devotees and do not prowl ... yet.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Scenes from a taxi

    • Brian Matthews
    • 17 December 2008
    1 Comment

    I don't support the view that cab drivers are sources of homespun wisdom and arcane knowledge. Australian cabbies are an amiable, diverse lot, not given to philosophy, though I encountered one spectacular exception.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    Confessions of a videogame junkie

    • Ben O'Mara
    • 15 December 2008
    2 Comments

    I spent untold hours playing on my Commodore 64. I upgraded to a PC, to fight the beasties of Duke Nukem 3D as I chugged too many coffees and Mars bars. Interactivity is videogames' strength, and can be applied in socially constructive ways for marginalised communities.

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  • EDUCATION

    Humanity lost in digital classrooms

    • Frank O'Shea
    • 01 August 2008
    9 Comments

    Today's teacher has to survive in a world of gimmickry. Students pay better attention to ringtones than to the human voice. In the brave new world of Rudd's Digital Education Revolution, teachers risk being replaced by technicians.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    His God was Dylan, Bob

    • Liam Guilar
    • 29 July 2008
    3 Comments

    The world seemed too untidy for the lyrics of a song .. but he could build a conversation from quotations. .. I wanted mountains, rivers, knowledge .. he stayed, confusing eloquence with revelation.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    The place of plastic

    • Michael Mullins
    • 30 June 2008
    2 Comments

    Plastic is for when when durability is required. The use of plastics in the manufacture of household appliances has enabled them to be priced at a level affordable to most people. But single-use bags and bottles are just too costly to the environment.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Them blackfellas

    • Chenoah Ellis
    • 24 June 2008
    1 Comment

    Sky is gigantic in Cloncurry .. And the sun sets ever so late .. The bars are open all night .. So the drunks can get drunker .. And their anger turn to hate

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  • RELIGION

    Necessary tolerance of religious vilification

    • Peter Hodge
    • 03 April 2008
    2 Comments

    Not all behaviour that offends religious beliefs amounts to vilification. However, when freedom of expression results in incitement to religious hatred, a line has been crossed.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    2020 Summit leaves marginalised youth cold

    • Saeed Saeed
    • 28 March 2008
    6 Comments

    The Australia 2020 Youth Summit seems destined to be a chinwag of the 'haves' to the exclusion of the have-nots. Realistic solutions to youth violence and alienation can only be achieved through holistic community approaches.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Green consumerism counterproductive

    • Jen Vuk
    • 15 February 2008
    4 Comments

    It's time to scrutinise the rapid rise of the 'shopping green' movement in the US and elsewhere, and assess the sum total of its effect on the environment. By buying bottled water, organic food, or sunscreen, consumers are arguably shutting the healthy individual in and the threatening world out.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    Don't shoot science messengers, they're an endangered species

    • Robyn Williams
    • 03 October 2007
    7 Comments

    Few want to dedicate their professional lives to communicating the often bad news that comes from science researchers. Williams, Swan, Dr Karl, Flannery and Winston represent a fading generation. The real future should belong to fresh voices. Where are they?

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  • CONTRIBUTORS

    Robyn Williams

    • Robyn Williams
    • 03 October 2007

    Robyn Williams has presented The Science Show on ABC Radio National since 1975. He recently published Future Perfect: What Next? And Other Impossible Questions (Allen & Unwin)

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