May, 2018

Rundle: how May 1968 tricked the world into thinking Marxism was finished

, May 22, 2018

The May 1968 uprisings sprang in part from one big question: what had happened to Marx's revolutionary working class?

How the media oversimplified the Margaret River murders

, May 21, 2018

There was the "good bloke" narrative simplification, of course. But reactions against this "good bloke" narrative produced an equal and opposite simplification.

Sacred Cows: a controversial trailblazer for Australian strangeness

, May 18, 2018

Ray Lawrence's Bliss certainly caused a stir at its release, but did it ever get the credit it deserves in the canon of Australian film?

Rundle: the krude yet kreative legacy of Tom Wolfe

, May 16, 2018

Tom Wolfe will be remembered as one of the pioneers of "New Journalism", but how did this journalism age and where does it stand today?

‘Fifty years is a long time in politics’: remembering the passion and protest of May 1968

, May 16, 2018

May 1968 wasn't just about France. A serial Australian protester remembers their version of events from Australia and the world.

Rundle: hovering between reality and a dream in the local café

, May 15, 2018

Too much screen time isn't going to turn humans into vacant automatons. But it is possible to get things wrong within cultures, and to do so for decades at a time.

How do you get Australians to stream Australian music?

, May 14, 2018

Like the shift to streaming television, more and more Australians are listening to music through streaming services. But are they listening to Australian songs?

Razer: Hillary Clinton’s religious, if nonsensical, performance to Melbourne’s true believers

, May 11, 2018

Hillary Clinton spoke to a 5000-strong crowd on a freezing Thursday night in Melbourne. Her observations on misogyny failed to adequately warm Helen Razer.

Glenn Dyer’s TV Ratings

, May 11, 2018

Apart from a strong showing for Seven in the regions and a decent night for Masterchef, it was a ratings night to forget all round

The crisis in the Marxist tradition

, May 10, 2018

The greatest challenge to Marxist thinking was from the Austrian tradition.

How useful is it to be banging on about Karl Marx in the 21st century?

, May 09, 2018

The world seems to be throwing him a hell of a 200th birthday celebration, but what's really behind the fervour of these think pieces?

Should Netflix be forced to screen more Australian content?

, May 09, 2018

Industry groups are ramping up a communications policy push, and the focus is on a certain foreign streaming service.

Why 2018 is a make or break year for the Australian film industry

, May 08, 2018

As tensions rise around cuts to local funding, questions remain unanswered on murky deals for Hollywood blockbusters. It's time to reckon with what we want on our screens.

Razer: for a ‘rebel icon’, Bob Dylan certainly sells out a lot

, May 08, 2018

No matter how many times the iconoclast has shilled for healthcare corporations, auto companies, tech giants (at least three times) and banks, liberal writers will give themselves a hernia trying to justify him.

How #metoo went from theory to real-time upheaval at the Sydney Writers’ Festival

, May 07, 2018

Claims of sexual assault were the flashpoint at a successful and wide-ranging Sydney Writers' Festival.

Wishing you a miserable 200th birthday, Marx, you racist blaggard

, May 07, 2018

It is often remarked that socialism is "good in theory, bad in practice". It’s a pretty rubbish theory if in practice it has failed every time it has been tried.

How Tim Soutphommasane took the fight to the right

, May 03, 2018

There needs to be, in every cause, people who fight for nothing other than that cause, and Tim Soutphommasane has been that, despite his ideological flaws.

Is there a moral and economic imperative to vandalise share bikes?

, May 02, 2018

Dockless share bikes unfairly compete with other transport options by imposing costs on the community. It's up to the community to correct that.

Why the Australian arts sector could be in for a major reckoning

, Apr 26, 2018

There's a dense web of influence between our finance sector and cultural institutions. After the royal commission, does it make sense for bankers to head arts organisations anymore?