Public Discourse

The Buyearchy of Greeds?” — Why choosing your analogy is important.

  Recently a friend shared an image that tried to visu­al­ly high­light an eth­i­cal hier­ar­chy using the now famil­iar Maslow’s hier­ar­chy of needs. This usu­al pyra­mid high­lights the broad low­er lev­els of ‘use what you have’ and ‘bor­row,’ ascend­ing to nar­row­er upper lev­els cul­mi­nat­ing in ‘Buy’ and osten­si­bly implor­ing the…

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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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Personal Stories and Narrative Identity

Identity is a hot top­ic in our soci­ety, with reg­u­lar arti­cles on ‘How to find your iden­ti­ty’ and what iden­ti­ty means in a shift­ing cul­ture. Advocates on all sides of the cul­ture, gen­der and sex­u­al­i­ty wars also appeal to iden­ti­ty as a core ide­al worth defend­ing. However, from the broad usage…

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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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