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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.


Get your Zoolander on with a homemade frappé

February 10, 2010 2 Comments

So it’s stinking hot outside and you need an after-work pick-me-up. Well, you know what really cheers up male supermodel Derek Zoolander? Orange mocha frappuccinos!

The Yaris end of social media

The Yaris end of social media

December 15, 2009 1 Comment

For a company that trades on a 'feeling', Toyota does not seem to care about goodwill when it comes to their latest user-generated Yaris commercial. But is it all just a punk on social media and the advertising industry?

There’s a party in my pants

There’s a party in my pants

December 8, 2009 15 Comments

The Australian Sex Party has exploded onto the political sphere, thanks to getting over 3% of votes in both the Higgins and Bradfield byelections. And they aren't just dirty sexy fun, writes Mel Campbell.

The perils of political photo spreads

The perils of political photo spreads

November 25, 2009 9 Comments

Julia Gillard has posed for a Yuletide photo shoot for Women's Weekly. Compared to previous politicians' experiences, she got off very lightly.

Offensive Halloween costumes: a <em>Crikey</em> round-up

Offensive Halloween costumes: a Crikey round-up

October 27, 2009 14 Comments

Halloween is around the corner and there are plenty of racist, sexist and grotesque costumes to pick from. While traditional Halloween imagery revolves around death and monstrosity, there's often also a suspension of ordinary morality.

Pink bits: the absurd world of gendered consumer products

Pink bits: the absurd world of gendered consumer products

October 20, 2009 18 Comments

Marketers have never abandoned the idea that men and women require their own ‘special’ products. Women’s products are often tinted pink and advertised with cuddly names and breathy female voiceovers. Insulting much?

The pointlessness of trekking Kokoda

October 9, 2009

A fourth Australian died of a heart attack this week while trekking the Kokoda Track this week. The way to prevent more deaths on Kokoda is forehead-smackingly simple, says Mel Campbell: don’t do the frickin’ trek.

Who gives the best Rudd? A Kruddy lookalike round-up

September 15, 2009 5 Comments

Anyone with a peach-coloured swimming cap and some cotton-wool eyebrows could conceivably ‘do’ John Howard. But the less distinctive Kevin Rudd poses more of an impersonator challenge.

Will Godwin’s Law finally bring down Kyle Sandilands?

September 10, 2009 22 Comments

Sorry Kyle, it’s Godwin’s Law. The minute you invoke the Nazis, your salad days as a shock jock are over.

Newsreader fashion: a Crikey field guide

August 11, 2009 1 Comment

Have you ever sent forlorn tweets about Ali Moore’s cravat into the ether? Well, feel alone no longer. Mel Campbellprovides a semi-definitive guide to the sartorial language of news and current affairs.