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Razer: Big Brother in the post-stupid age

Some wankers (OK, Helen Razer) used to wax lyrical about the panopticon, Foucault, Big Brother. But 11 seasons in, does any of it matter (or not matter) anymore?

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Razer’s Class Warfare: Abbott govt helping at least one area of the arts

The Abbott government has promised to “cut red tape”, and while most of its decisions have been ludicrous, one stands out as actual good policy …

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Razer’s Class Warfare: have the Emmys presaged an end to delightful bad taste?

Bourgeois pretensions to the Good Taste of an imagined ruling class have all but erased chicken tikka spray tans and Gabi Grecko bustiers. You could argue that’s a good thing. Except it definitely isn’t.

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Razer’s Class Warfare: oh, those crazy cave ladies and their crazy PMS

Since Hippocrates first made observations about the wandering womb, studies have sought to separate the myth of menses from verifiable fact.

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Razer’s Class Warfare: this week in atheist fundamentalist idiocy

Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris are beating us over the head with blunt and meaningless references — it’s been a bad week in atheism.

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Israel: beacon of democracy or jackbooted occupiers?

Crikey readers talk the thorny issue of Israel.

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Razer’s Class Warfare: tweeting pictures of dead Palestinian babies helps no one but you

In an age of spectacular oversupply of both images and political perspectives, gore has lost its value. Sharing graphic images from the Gaza conflict turns private moments of death and grief into horror pornography.

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Razer’s Class Warfare: stop saying Ian Thorpe ‘matters’

We assign the value of meaning to everything, thereby making it valueless. We want to believe that solutions are before us, but they aren’t, and just by declaring and debating whether something matters, we make sure it doesn’t.

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Razer’s Class Warfare: asylum seeker policy not a moral question

Tony Abbott does have a moral reason for refugee cruelty. But it’s not a question of morals — it’s a simple banal evil.

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Razer’s Class Warfare: pissing in one’s mouth is a traditional value

We should quit expecting the unlikely convergence of great talent with great moral courage. Plus, what’s so wrong with bubbling?

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Razer’s Class Warfare: Murdoch’s capitalist failure drives us to download

Let’s really put an end to the age of entitlement and make media barons accountable for their business failures, rather than legislating their right to steal our right to choice.

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Razer-sharp wit

Crikey readers (and writers) talk Helen Razer on Channel Seven, Iraq and government spying.

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Clive James’ devilish fire an eternal flame

Clive James has had some silly, nonsensical and flat-out wrong opinions over his long career. But his writing can still ignite passion in any breast, be it adolescent or middle-aged.

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Razer’s Class Warfare: you call that a protest?

Students are taking to the streets with home-made signs and jostling former politicians at uni like it’s 1969. Someone has to let these kids know that the old forms of protest have been kaput for some time.

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Misogyny not to blame for Santa Barbara massacre

We love the narrative that blames a current cultural ill (loose morals, video games, a controversial book, misogyny) for random acts of inexplicable horror. But this narrative is completely wrong.

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Razer’s Class Warfare: Hockey’s narcissism in the age of the selfie

The age of entitlement is far from over for our narcissistic Treasurer, who believes his own experience should be universal and is screwing the poor because he didn’t get enough love from daddy.

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Razer’s Class Warfare: Crikey, the ALP is out of ideas

By focusing so much on the medium, the ALP has proved itself to be completely devoid of message. A “Crikey“-style newsletter won’t make much difference.

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Razer’s Class Warfare: skinny models don’t matter, neither does fashion

Models are skinny. Who cares? Fashion’s real victim is our rational minds, as it is patently and deliberately stupid twattery. To believe anything else is the real problem.

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Cobain spoke for a generation, but we’re grown-ups now

Kurt Cobain perfectly embodied the ’90s grunge and punk movement, a muffled voice of a quietly miserable generation. But his music has not aged well — and neither have we.

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Breaking news on Alain de Botton: more Martha Stewart than Bob Woodward

Modern philosopher and public intellectual Alain de Botton has some nuanced ideas about philosophy, but he doesn’t understand the modern newsroom.

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Razer’s Class Warfare: my last temptation

You can try to give up talking about feminism for Lent. But then along comes Janet Albrechtsen with a morsel too juicy to resist for this Catholic …

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Razer’s Class Warfare: death the inevitable result of our asylum seeker policy

There are plenty of horrifying accounts of individual acts of violence on Manus Island. But we need to step back from them and see what is really at fault here: policy, not people.

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Hyperbolic outrage and trolling to quieten the constant assault

Trolling is not about the trolls. It’s the product of increasingly histrionic communication, where everything provokes outrage. And the reasons behind Charlotte Dawson’s death are much more complicated.

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Razer’s class struggle: who cares about Schapelle aside from journos?

The tabloids tell us every scintillating detail about Schapelle. The broadsheets tell us the bogans who read the Murdoch press are idiots. They are both completely wrong.

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How is Andrew Bolt like a camel?

Crikey readers talk the similarities between Andrew Bolt and camels, the difference between graffiti and street art, and Helen Razer’s misunderstanding of gay rights worldwide.

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