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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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Inquiry must be held into GCSB before Bill extending their powers is passed

By   /  May 11, 2013  /  Most Recent Blogs, Phoebe Fletcher, Setting The Agenda  /  5 Comments

“The idea that this warrantless interception be rushed through without wider Parliamentary debate following a slew of legislation that has effectively eroded civil liberties within New Zealand is totally irresponsible and an assault on New Zealanders’ basic human rights.”

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Soviet-style nationalization? Broadening the context of the electricity debate

By   /  May 4, 2013  /  Most Recent Blogs, Phoebe Fletcher, Setting The Agenda  /  21 Comments

The reaction to the Greens and Labour’s plans to introduce a single buyer model to the electricity market has been nothing short of extreme.

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Vigilance on web civil liberties needed

By   /  April 1, 2013  /  Phoebe Fletcher, Setting The Agenda  /  4 Comments

Some commentators have drawn attention to the way that the Law Commission intends to incentivize this, by only allocating special privileges to the media or bloggers that join. This may have the effect of meaning that it is only people who make money off the web have the financial ability to join, therefore excluding the smaller players.

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US military gives credence to Pacific climate change concerns

By   /  March 25, 2013  /  Most Recent Blogs, Phoebe Fletcher, Setting The Agenda  /  10 Comments

US Commander of the Pacific Navy, Navy Admiral Samuel J. Locklear III states that climate change is the biggest threat facing the Pacific. This threat, he argues, has led the US Navy to look at scenarios where they may have to work with China and India to manage the effects of climate change on populations.

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US military gives credence to Pacific climate change concerns

By   /  March 23, 2013  /  Most Recent Blogs, Phoebe Fletcher, Setting The Agenda  /  Comments Off on US military gives credence to Pacific climate change concerns

US Commander of the Pacific Navy, Navy Admiral Samuel J. Locklear III states that climate change is the biggest threat facing the Pacific. This threat, he argues, has led the US Navy to look at scenarios where they may have to work with China and India to manage the effects of climate change on populations.

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Key and the Pacific Solution 2.0

By   /  March 16, 2013  /  Most Recent Blogs, Phoebe Fletcher, Setting The Agenda  /  3 Comments

“Lip-stitching, suicides, water shortages, hunger strikes – is this the future of New Zealand immigration?”

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Too fast, too furious: New Zealand youth, moral panics and the police chase

By   /  March 9, 2013  /  Most Recent Blogs, Phoebe Fletcher, Setting The Agenda  /  35 Comments

“Many might contest that the decision to flee is indicative of guilt for a more serious offence. However, the IPCA’s 2009 review is that the majority of people likely to flee from police were not people who had committed serious offences.”

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Partial asset sales highlight need for electricity regulation

By   /  February 28, 2013  /  Phoebe Fletcher, Setting The Agenda  /  10 Comments

“Treasury have expressed their concerns that the drive within National to sell all of the power companies before the end of their term may lead to an oversaturated market and minimal returns. “

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About Phoebe Fletcher

By   /  February 21, 2013  /  Phoebe Fletcher  /  Comments Off on About Phoebe Fletcher

Phoebe Fletcher – Phoebe teaches at Massey University in Film, Television and Media Studies. She is a former blogger for Tumeke, and has appeared as a political panelist on RadioLive, and the television shows The Sunday News Roast Club, Let’s Be Frank, iPredict and Citizen A. Phoebe has a keen interest in foreign affairs and […]

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