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Author: Michael Mcveigh

  • AUSTRALIA

    On optimisation

    • Michael McVeigh
    • 12 February 2024
    1 Comment

    A coffee shop used AI technology to track and measure the activity of its employees and customers to 'optimise' team performance. Not only does this raise a slew of ethical issues, but also leads us to consider: can the human element that makes a team or business successful ever be truly quantifiable?

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Re-building the commons: In conversation with Joshua Lourensz

    • Michael McVeigh
    • 06 February 2024

    In a world that has become increasingly more divided in the aftermath of the pandemic, Executive Director of Catholic Social Services Victoria Joshua Lourensz is questioning how we might best re-develop a sense of the commons to reignite our communities and foster social responsibility?

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Fargo and reconciling debt

    • Michael McVeigh
    • 25 January 2024

    The world of Fargo, like ours, is a fallen one, and it’s clear at the end of this season that the cycle of violence will continue. But we’re also left with a strong hope that some of the characters might have found a way out of that hellish cycle of debt and restitution. And if there’s hope for them, there’s hope for us all.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Eureka Street person of the year 2023

    • David Halliday, Michael McVeigh, Laura Kings, Michele Frankeni, Andrew Hamilton, Julian Butler
    • 21 December 2023
    7 Comments

    To close the year for Eureka Street, the editorial team wanted to nominate who we considered to be the Eureka Street ‘person of the year’ based on this year's newsmakers.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Die Hard and the impossibility of the 'perfect Christmas'

    • Michael McVeigh
    • 18 December 2023

    In December, the sprint to the end of the year is a drama of timing, perfectly illustrated in Christmas classic Die Hard: In the holiday rush, like Hans Gruber, we plot with precision. Yet life often demands we improvise like John McLane, finding the most welcome gifts of the season in the unscripted moments.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Like the dewfall

    • Michael McVeigh
    • 24 November 2023
    2 Comments

    Australia's victory in the 2023 Cricket World Cup in the face of India's home advantage is a tale of unexpected triumph. This victory goes beyond cricket, illustrating how small factors can drastically influence outcomes, leading to greater lessons on resilience and the surprising nature of grace.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Identity and attack helicopters

    • Michael McVeigh
    • 22 November 2023

    A recent image of an Israeli soldier with a Pride flag in Gaza's rubble recalls Isabel Fall's controversial story, ‘I Sexually Identify as an Attack Helicopter.’ The story and the photo both highlight how symbols of liberation can be co-opted for conflict, underscoring the need to reclaim these symbols for their original, liberating intent.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Someone's daughter, someone's son

    • Michael McVeigh
    • 15 September 2023

    As Australia's 'Yes' campaign adopts John Farnham's classic, 'You're the Voice', it prompts questions of music's role in shaping political sentiment. Amid the cacophony of contemporary politics, can this iconic tune rekindle common ground in an increasingly polarised time?

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  • RELIGION

    What do we want our relationships to be?

    • Michael McVeigh
    • 07 August 2023
    5 Comments

    Ten years after Pope Francis asked, 'Who am I to judge?' the question lingers in the Church's relationship with the LGBTQ+ community. By exploring one young man's spiritual journey, we consider the universal quandary of love, acceptance, and the balance between embracing others and maintaining tradition.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    How to be woke?

    • Michael McVeigh
    • 04 July 2023
    1 Comment

    In a world quick to label 'woke' as groupthink gone wild, can we instead redefine it as a deepened awareness of our collective history that subtly weaves itself into our language and daily life? As we examine our society's fraught past through the lens of language can we navigate these nuanced conversations constructively? 

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  • RELIGION

    Culture and conspiracy: In conversation with Fr Gerald Arbuckle

    • Michael McVeigh
    • 09 June 2023
    5 Comments

    Known for incisive insights into societal issues like fundamentalism, loneliness, and abuse, theologian and cultural anthropologist Fr Gerald Arbuckle is now examining the rise of conspiracy theories. In conversation with Michael McVeigh, Arbuckle discusses his work, cultural anthropology, and the impact of 'cultural trauma'.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    What is the right way of hearing hurt and of having hard conversations?

    • Michael McVeigh
    • 29 May 2023
    1 Comment

    Amid the tumult at North Melbourne Football Club, President Dr. Sonja Hood poses a potent question on reconciliation and institutional hurt. As the Indigenous Voice referendum looms, her query underscores a national quest for trust-building and healing, challenging us to consider the hard conversations that could change the narrative.

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