Women and power, a complicated legacy

Women and power, a complicated legacy We’re always trying to explain how and why women rule, writes Julia Baird.   When Queen Victoria was crowned in 1838, Britain roared with enthusiasm for their “English rose.” The last three kings had …
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Criminals today, neighbours tomorrow

  Is prison for punishment or rehabilitation – and what’s the alternative?   Unlike many of the theorists illuminating the complexities of crime and punishment, Peter Moskos has first-hand experience. Moskos spent several years on the midnight shift as a …
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Inside a dangerous mind – Dan Ilic

Name: Ilic, Dan Age: 31 Occupation: Comedian/writer/presenter Status: DANGEROUS – Q: What makes an idea “dangerous”? Ideas become dangerous usually when they change the way things are done normally. People hate change especially when they’re invested in incumbency. Which is why my undies …
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Inside a dangerous mind – Peter Hitchens

Name: Hitchens, Peter Age: 61 Occupation: Journalist/foreign correspondent/author Status: DANGEROUS – Q: What makes an idea “dangerous”? A If you espouse it publicly, you will be derided and quite possibly subject to career damage in the media or the academy. Modern liberal societies …
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Inside a dangerous mind – James O’Loghlin

Name: O’Loghlin, James Age: 46-47 Occupation: Television/radio presenter Status: DANGEROUS – Q: What makes an idea “dangerous”? When it questions things that everyone takes for granted, when it goes against established practice, and when it provokes questions that are difficult and uncomfortable. …
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Inside a dangerous mind – Simran Sethi

Name: Sethi, Simran Age: 43 Occupation: Journalist/educator Status: DANGEROUS – Q: What makes an idea “dangerous”? Anything that challenges the status quo is dangerous. Q: Which technological or scientific advancement excites you most? The humble-but-mighty ones. 3-D printing of prosthetics for people …
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LIVING LYRICALLY, LITERALLY: ‘NOVOCAINE’

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. – The video for Frank Ocean’s ‘Novacane’ opens with one long-shot, …
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Living lyrically, literally: ‘Novocaine’

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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Column: Dear David Simon,

Because I am a young man who loves life and lives to have fun, I have obviously spent a few Saturday nights at home looking at the Facebook. Ha ha! Wow! Party! It is a party on Facebook and everyone …
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Column: Missing: Sense of Purpose

Missing: Sense of Purpose At this year’s Festival of Dangerous Ideas, sociologist Arlie Hochschild is giving a talk called “We have Outsourced Ourselves”, centred around the following enquiry: Remote assistants respond to calls and emails. Life coaches assist with personal …
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