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Mel Campbell — Freelance journalist and critic

Mel Campbell

Freelance journalist and critic

Mel Campbell is a Melbourne-based journalist and critic.

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Peppa, the female chauvinist-baiting pig

December 21, 2016 6 Comments

The thing is, parents of small children are perhaps less interested in fighting cultural wars than the media.

Fashism: natty dressing and a history of violence

December 9, 2016 5 Comments

Dress codes are techniques of controlling people by regulating their bodies. And no one knows that better than fascists.

Why Harambe is the perfect Halloween costume

October 28, 2016 1 Comment

Depending on who you ask, gorillas are seen as elusive, intelligent creatures dwelling in mist, or scary, subhuman monsters -- and everything in between. And that's why they make such good costumes.

The confected ‘strangeness’ of the Tromps, Sully, and our growing obsession with the weird

September 19, 2016 1 Comment

What if media audiences are tired of the ritualistic reporting cycles through which journalists seek to tame and explain strange events? What if all they want is the mystery?

Investigative journalism is dead! Long live the pop-culture quest!

June 20, 2016 3 Comments

The low-stakes pop-culture quest is the product of media content mines.

Who are you wearing? The racism and appropriation inherent in fash-speak

March 15, 2016

Be wary of the word "fierce".

Bikes, tattoos, puppies and urinals: on peak <em>Guardian</em>

Bikes, tattoos, puppies and urinals: on peak Guardian

February 23, 2015 7 Comments

Can you walk your bike up a hill? Are beards over? Are we too dismissive of the rights of the differently abled? It's time to delve into the world of peak Guardian.

Tears on a plane: why our emotions soar while we fly

Tears on a plane: why our emotions soar while we fly

January 27, 2015 2 Comments

Floating far above the ground in a padded chair, in a dry, sealed aeroplane cabin that hums gently, facing away from other passengers, with no phone or email interrupting our thoughts, we travel inward as well as onward.

So, you think you’re middle class …

So, you think you’re middle class …

December 11, 2014 11 Comments

With almost 93% of Australians identifying as middle class, we need to start talking about the c-word.

A little ditty ’bout Tony and Vlad

A little ditty ’bout Tony and Vlad

November 13, 2014 16 Comments

When did Russia's kleptocratic, despotic and murderous leader become everyone's favourite wacky, lovable hunk?