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Discourse Goes Large Dissing Teen Pop Starz

Discourse Goes Large Dissing Teen Pop Starz
By Luke Devine I love academic discourse. I love the verbosity and pomposity of it. Undergrad in arts is like learning another language, in English, that only a few people can understand. Back in the day people who understood this...

Don’t ‘get’ me started on rape

Don't 'get' me started on rape
Nodaway County Courthouse, Maryville, Missouri, USA. Image: courthouselover/Flickr By Shannon Power The horrific story of the rape of a 14-year old girl in Maryville, Missouri was published on the news website Gawker. The story, according...

Social media war on bad customer service

Social media war on bad customer service
by Eliza Rugg aboutthenet/flickr Australian shoppers dissatisfied with bad customer service in Australia have increased their venting on social media by 50 percent in the past year, a new survey has found. The survey, by Avaya Asia...

Trendy children on Instagram

Trendy children on Instagram
Instagram/Vanessa Martinez By Clare Antonello How many Instagram followers do you have? I have six. Yes, that could be because I don’t actively use Instagram but there are children as young as two who have more than 250,000...

I want my privacy and my naked selfies too

I want my privacy and my naked selfies too
by Hannah Sinclair Earlier this week, we were told fewer than one in ten Australians trust social media companies to protect their privacy. The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner’s report took a look at our attitudes...

The dangers of “fitspiration” on social media

The dangers of "fitspiration" on social media
Arya Ziai/flickr by Eliza Rugg As the Australian summer approaches, everyone with a social media account is in for an unhealthy treat. Endless photos of washboard abs, sculptured triceps and rippling muscles bulging out of designer...

Indi: A newly energised federal voice?

Indi: A newly energised federal voice?
Independent MP Cathy McGowan by Vanessa Desloires The dust has settled from the battle for the rural seat of Indi and after a protracted vote count how has the electorate changed, and has Cathy McGowan’s Voice4Indi campaign successfully...

Olympia Nelson: From Parrot to Pundit

Olympia Nelson: From Parrot to Pundit
By Luke Devine The internet provides easy access media cross fertilized with porn, and this is impacts on the way both children and adults construct sexuality. A cult of vigilance has emerged among adults who view the internet as...

#FBrape or #FreedomOfSpeech

#FBrape or #FreedomOfSpeech
by Jean Suyat Facebook responds to campaign. Credit: Thos003 (Flickr) Every now and then there’s a Facebook page that becomes popular and it forces me to wonder whether it’s time to cull my “friend” count when I see these people...

Kindle Worlds: a license for infringement?

Kindle Worlds: a license for infringement?
By Vivienne Mah You should recognise the name E.L James. The former television executive  scored a 7-figure deal for the publication of her controversial “Fifty Shades of Grey” trilogy back in 2011, eclipsing JK Rowling’s...