Earlier in the year, before the novelty of our new social reality had totally worn off, some friends organised a slide show presentation night. I subjected them to a 10 minute presentation on a topic close to my heart and I felt was particularly relevant in this moment: U2’s Zoo TV tour. Many months later the themes covered feel even more relevant than before. This is a transcript of that presentation.
What does it mean for the human experience when technology is blurring the lines between real life and entertainment, past and present, experience and memory? That is the central…
National COVID-19 Coordination Commission (NCCC) was established by Scott Morrison on March 24 to provide advice to the Australian Government on the economic and social effects of the global coronavirus pandemic and to “help build a bridge to recovery.”
The chair of the NCCC, Neville Power, the former chief executive of mining company Fortescue Metals and current chairman of Perth Airport, is leading a team that includes right-wing unionist turned banker Greg Combet, Energy Australia Managing Director and Business Council board member Catherine Tanna and former Telstra CEO David Thodey.
Neville Power recently appeared in the media to spell out…
Young people are already facing an uncertain and stressful future; a recession will hit them especially hard. There are policy options that will help us avoid a recession and improve the lives of millions of people who are already struggling, so why isn’t our government exploring them?
Today’s young people are inheriting a world in crisis. The climate crisis is accelerating, inequality is higher than at any point in history and the gig economy has replaced secure work. …
After 5 years, I’m leaving 350.org.
The short version is that the organisation ran into some financial troubles and my role was made redundant. There’s a longer story, which I will save for sharing over a beer or coffee if you’re interested in it.
It’s an unceremonious way for my time at 350 to end and there are a lot of complicated and contradictory feelings I’m sure I will continue to process for weeks to come. But for now I want to focus on the gratitude I have for my time at 350.
I had the opportunity to work on…
The much anticipated report from the UN’s climate science body has delivered a wake up call to the world this week. The report stresses that it’s physically and chemically possible to keep warming below 1.5°C, but that even then impacts would be significant. The window for action is closing fast and “rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society” are necessary.
This is likely the last warning we’re going to get before it’s too late. The difference between 1.5°C and 2°C of warming will be significant, according to the report. While the impacts of 1.5 degrees will still…
Can you believe that 2017 is almost over?
Since my definitive list of the best music of 2016 was so well received, I thought I’d have another crack at it this year. Having such great taste and being this correct all the time is tiring, but it’s a burden I am willing to bear.
And now I’m terrified of loving ’cause I’m terrified of pain
And of missing out on human things by cowering away
David Le’aupepe is not exactly short on confidence or ambition. Coming in at 75 minute long, Go Farther In Lightness is a sprawling double…
Today I wrote to David Feeney’s electorate office to explain why they must oppose the Turnbull Government’s proposed National Facial Recognition program. I currently don’t have a State MP, but we should be deeply worried by Daniel Andrew’s position that civil liberties are a “luxury” we can’t afford.
Dear Mr Feeney,
I spoke to someone in your office today about the government’s proposed facial recognition database. Your staffer however, was not even aware of the issue, let alone you position on it. I have to say that I am disappointed such a huge step forwards in mass surveillance is getting…
A couple of weeks ago I went to see Ball Park Music at the Melbourne Zoo as part of Zoo Twilights. But the experience was soured a bit by all of the advertising for AGL that was all over the stage and around the seating area.
Honestly, it just bummed me out. I love the Zoo, and seeing them help in AGL’s greenwashing was just so disappointing it stayed with me for weeks. So I decided to do something about it.
If you didn’t know, AGL is Australia’s biggest carbon polluter and one of the biggest in the world. They…
So this is a thing I am doing as if anyone actually cares about my tastes in music.
First of all, I wanna give a huge shout out to Spotify for making this process really easy with their automated playlist of the songs I listened to most in 2016. Good work, evil overlords.
Anyway, this is just what I think. I didn’t put a lot of thought into the order so don’t @ me if you think that 8 is better than 3 or whatever because life is too short for that shit.
E•MO•TION is an improbable triumph. It would be hard for me to overstate how much I adore this album and despite many thousands of words already written by writers better than me I still feel the need to write about it.
Inspired in part by this incredible essay, I had the idea to take a deep dive into the album and pull it apart track by track. Kinda for fun, but mostly because it deserves it. E•MO•TION is an album that tells us so much about the artist who made it, the world it exists in and of ourselves.
Climate politics, organising and other things.