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What Dawson’s death tells us about our society

By   /  February 25, 2014  /  Most Recent Blogs, Phoebe Fletcher, Setting The Agenda  /  7 Comments

Critical approaches to celebrity culture are particularly useful in looking at the tragic case of Charlotte Dawson’s death.

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Scalping Frodo has a point (or: censorship decisions I cannot understand)

By   /  July 29, 2013  /  Most Recent Blogs, Phoebe Fletcher, The Liberal Agenda  /  4 Comments

This week the Office of Film and Literature Classification made one of their most perplexing decisions to date: to ban a film for general release featuring Frodo (Elijah Wood).

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Egypt and the problem of narratives

By   /  July 13, 2013  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Most Recent Blogs, Phoebe Fletcher  /  3 Comments

The events in Egypt have seen dedicated people on all sides attempting to circulate information, but it is clear that this information is becoming too polarized and the discourses too sedimented. If Egypt is to avoid further violence then this is the first thing that must change.

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126 Meals for $20 – show us how?

By   /  June 22, 2013  /  Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs, Phoebe Fletcher  /  40 Comments

I need Christine Rankin in my kitchen. She reckons that she can feed six people for a week on $20. While there are not six people in my house, and no young growing minds, if she can make 126 nutritious meals for $20 – a remarkable 16 cents per meal – she is the kind of kitchen goddess I need.

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A Dunne Drama: Let’s focus on the important bit – the policy

By   /  June 8, 2013  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Most Recent Blogs, Phoebe Fletcher  /  14 Comments

It is a travesty that the implications of the Report itself and the new legislation being rammed through around the GCSB’s new powers to cover up retrospective illegality is not receiving more attention.

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The limits of surveillance societies

By   /  May 25, 2013  /  Most Recent Blogs, Phoebe Fletcher, Setting The Agenda  /  6 Comments

The notion that more surveillance might have prevented the Boston bombings is absurd and demonstrates a general lack of knowledge of the security environment that has pervaded in the United States since 9/11.

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A sad day for disability rights

By   /  May 19, 2013  /  Most Recent Blogs, Phoebe Fletcher, Setting The Agenda  /  10 Comments

“The rush to push through the Disability Amendment Bill is not about the $92 million that was set aside for disabled carers – it is about limiting the liability of the government in terms of who is eligible. Although ACC allows family members to be carers, the Ministry of Health previously did not recognize family carers. “

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