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The perils of 'aspiration', Australia's new favourite buzzword

The perils of 'aspiration', Australia's new favourite buzzword

It's in the government's interest to push the narrative of an "aspirational class", but this wildly obscures what's really going on.

Breaking up the boys' club: is sports media finally facing its reckoning?

Breaking up the boys' club: is sports media finally facing its reckoning?

Former AFL great Barry Hall was fired on the spot from Triple M for a joke about sexual assault. Can the station, and the rest of Australian sports culture, live up to this welcome new standard?

Meaty tales and Labor luminaries as Bob Carr launches bootstraps memoir

Meaty tales and Labor luminaries as Bob Carr launches bootstraps memoir

Carr's 'hymn to public life' was launched among some of the biggest names in Labor of the last half century.

Sacred Cows:

Sacred Cows: "dark and gritty" doesn't always equal "good"

Australia loves a realist crime drama, but there are certainly better ones out there than Animal Kingdom.

Australian progressives are stuck in an endless loop

Australian progressives are stuck in an endless loop

For all the words written and shared about diversity and representation, what's actually been done? And who's benefiting from the cyclic system of outrage and inaction?

How K-pop is changing the game for the global music industry

How K-pop is changing the game for the global music industry

It shouldn't come as a surprise that Korean pop bands have recently made history in the US charts. This is just one part of a methodical global expansion.

Rundle: on immutable violence and the possibility of change

Rundle: on immutable violence and the possibility of change

Since the rape and murder of Eurydice Dixon, the public debate about male violence has become chaotic and counter-productive.

Helen Razer reviews Joe Hockey's bizarre use of Instagram

Helen Razer reviews Joe Hockey's bizarre use of Instagram

Joe, who really does look like a sweet, deluded midlife guy who genuinely believes that Fonzie is cool, does not think things through.

How to survive the World Cup if you know nothing about the world game

How to survive the World Cup if you know nothing about the world game

Prefer your footballs oval shaped? Couldn't pick Cristiano Ronaldo out of a line-up of one? Here are five things you can say to get you through the next month.

'Satire is dangerous': Shaun Micallef on fake news and the sorry state of media

'Satire is dangerous': Shaun Micallef on fake news and the sorry state of media

Shaun Micallef discusses the importance of quality journalism and why satire is no substitute.