Topic archives: helen razer

Razer: I believe Andrew Bolt is the first robot to pass the Turing Test

March 29, 2018 52

Really the only explanation for Andrew Bolt's remarkable (quantity, not quality) output is that he's a big ol' android.

Up Yours: telling deviant truths with Caitlin Johnstone

February 27, 2018 27

Helen Razer shares a long car ride with an Australian journalist who's not afraid to step on the toes of more than a few in the American media.

Up Yours: epitaph shopping with Julian Burnside

February 6, 2018 10

Burnside, as you likely know, is a barrister, a refugee advocate and a man with an honourable alphabet of letters appended by others to his name. He's also a fighter and dogged correspondent who seems to thinks a lot about death.

Razer: you can’t fix a problem like sexual harassment within existing structures

January 30, 2018 10

For all their honourable intentions and punishing labour, journalists of this #MeToo movement may not be helping as many women as they think.

Razer: ‘progressive’ journos gunning for Trump are a danger to peace

January 25, 2018 14

Even as purportedly progressive outlets continue to report Trump-Putin conspiracy theory as fact, the tanks roll toward Russia and the money rolls out.

Razer: think tanks? More like stink tanks.

January 23, 2018 9

Ahh think tanks. The intellectual breadth they bring to public life is astounding! You've got your unvarnished neoliberalism over here, and then your compassionate neoliberalism over there. And ... well, that's about it actually.

Razer: Wayne Swan is the closest thing Labor has to a Bernie Sanders (and that’s why they hate him)

January 18, 2018 18

Are Labor insiders leaking against Wayne Swan because he is the Labor politician who most resembles a Sanders or Corbyn-type, and, therefore, must be stopped before Millennials notice?

Razer: Trump was tragedy, Winfrey would be farce

January 11, 2018 48

Oprah Winfrey is a neoliberal moraliser whose advice to the many to “visualise” their better fortune is at fundamental odds with welfare spending. She should not be president.

Razer: Dutton’s ‘African gangs’ rubbish breaks with old-school Howard bigotry

January 9, 2018 35

Howard was a man whose bigotry may have been truly driven by policy. Peter Dutton is perhaps a politician driven by bigotry alone, writes Helen Razer.

Razer: Apple supplanting the Koorie trust in Fed Square is a very 2017 thing to happen

December 21, 2017 43

A building currently being used by the Koorie Heritage Trust is being demolished to make way for a huge Apple store. Well merry bloody Christmas.

Razer: three things you can kind of feel good about from 2017

December 19, 2017 14

There were very few signs of light in the West this year, but, in the effort to grow up, Helen Razer figured she could spot at least three.

Razer: the only thing dumber than most ABC-bashing is the ABC itself

December 14, 2017 31

The frequent claim that the ABC has been dumbed down has itself been dumbed right down. But that doesn't excuse the ABC's decline.

Razer: Labor thinks it can woo voters by emulating Obama. Seriously.

December 12, 2017 9

The ALP, once ruthlessly efficient, is now just plain old ruthless. And a bit of Obama-style political coaching isn't going to change that.

Razer: on the ethics and possibility of enjoying good art by bad men

December 7, 2017 13

The minute you consider enjoyment unethical, you open the risk of craving it for unsound reasons.

Razer: what it means to be truly ‘stupid’ (and what we can do about it)

December 5, 2017 25

I never supposed I would tire of calling people stupid, and yet ... Helen Razer reflects on the phenomenon of stupidity.

Razer: equality for women! (But only for those who work in the media, please.)

November 30, 2017 17

The “story” of media sexism has been gorging on its own self-interest for so long, what we have is a culture industry so utterly fixated on its own declining labour conditions, it rarely bothers to report on anybody else’s.

Razer: the ‘reputable’ practice of anti-Chinese racism

November 28, 2017 26

If only we were as critical of US influence as we were that of the Chinese.

Razer: Coles’ autism initiative is fine but only because it’s ‘an improvement on zero’

November 23, 2017 11

A recent change to 68 supermarkets has been reported in a way that eclipses the need for broad structural changes, writes Helen Razer.

Up Yours with Helen Razer: sinking tinnies with ‘the bastard’ Chris Graham

November 21, 2017 15

Some are born to outrage. Others have it thrust upon them. Introducing a new series from Crikey's provocateur-in-chief Helen Razer ...

Three essential Up Yours questions: Chris Graham

Three essential Up Yours questions: Chris Graham

November 21, 2017

Helen Razer interviews "the bastard" Chris Graham.