Panel – Stories Matter More than Facts

As humans, we see ourselves as uniquely capable of reasoning and understanding. Our much vaunted giant brains are supposed to make us rational and logical, and yet we are seduced by a good story every time. Whether you explain this …
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Panel – Life After Truth: The Death of Journalism

The mass media model that brought breaking news into our homes has crumbled under the weight of digital media. As newspapers shrink and media empires disappear, what has happened to the concepts and ideals that underpinned them? The relationship between …
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Column: The Spectacle of Banality: On Reality TV

In her weekly column Leopard Print in the Ivory Tower, Annika Blau offers academic critiques of popular culture. This week, she unpacks reality television with the help of French Post-structuralist Jean Baudrillard. Eternally seeking to expand Brand Beckham, Posh Spice …
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Living Lyrically, Literally: ‘Get Lucky’

In which we apply human-like scenarios to popular songs, which may or may not have been written with said philosophical intentions in mind. Rebellious analysis at its most ludicrous. – Thanks to Daft Punk’s comeback hit, ‘Get Lucky’, many of …
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Paying the Way: Reflections From Behind the Paywall with the New York Times’ Paul Smurl

Q&A: The Media in 2013 – Part Four Last week The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald finally engaged their paid content models. Under the scheme, readers of Fairfax’s two major metro newspapers are now allowed 30 free articles per …
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