Culture

One of the practices I keep is to always have a long term reading project on the go, that is less directly related to my active research. I find this keeps me reading broadly and more agile in the way that I process and link concepts together. Over the winter…

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A Brilliant Cultural Analysis based on Classical Music

This article, although focused on classical music, at its core is a brilliant exposition and exegesis of the current state of affairs in our society. From the transience of experience and rampant individualism, through to a constantly thwarted search for Australian identity, the observations in the middle section are rich…

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Yesterday I had the time to read an excellent long form report from Gary Younge—a British reporter for the Guardian—on his upcoming departure from the United States, where he has been reporting for the past twelve years (http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/jul/01/gary-younge-farewell-to-america). Throughout his report he notes that the overwhelming reason for his imminent…

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The rise of Edutainment, and its implications.

I came across this little article recently from the NY Times, on the prevalence of the broader general public turning to education based entertainment for their downtime. Rather than merely switching off and not engaging their faculties. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/20/education/turning-to-education-for-fun.html Let me quote from the article: What does it mean when people who…

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In Australia it is that time of year again… summer. Where the weather gets nicer, and in Adelaide the Tour Down Under arrives in town. Now unsurprisingly this annual event sees the  seasonal rise of visible cyclists, and of course accompanying it the usual diatribes and vitriol flashing about in…

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Charlie Hebdo, terrorism and identity

Some will probably know that I have been interested in issues of identity formation, adoption and social identity for quite some time now. While this is not the time or place to engage in a long discussion of the factors of Tajfelian Social Identity Theory, I think that the issues we…

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