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If you’ve been living under such an awesomely powerful soundproof rock the last two days that you haven’t managed to hear about Michael Jackson’s death, please tell me where this rock is and how much I have to pay to borrow it from you.

I’m so sick of hearing about him. He died yesterday morning, my time, so I first heard about his death on the radio. I listen to the radio for the music, not for inane celebrity chatter nor for ads, and the sudden news of Michael Jackson’s death lead to, it seemed, all music being pulled from the radio. Except music by Michael Jackson. But even that was played only sparingly.

Pretty much the entire Internet seemed ablaze with Michael Jackson discussion, and seemingly none of the 100+ people I saw whining about this death seemed to realise they weren’t being very original. Read More »

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Wednesday morning, I had a Psychology exam. It went well, except for area of study one question one (which is ostensibly the easiest question in the entire short-answer section), which as usual I managed to completely overthink until I had written the wrong answer. Keep in mind there were only two possible answers. And I’d written the correct one originally but crossed it out. So you know, it was irritating to know I’d already lost two marks for such an easy question. But that’s not actually what this entry is about.

Because it was exam week, I had no more commitments for the rest of the day after my Psych exam. That left me free to attend a rally on the steps of Parliament House. I’m embarrassingly ignorant of state affairs a lot of the time, but I was aware of the protesters’ concerns and volunteered to go with my dad. So I went.

It wasn’t the kind of protest that would attract a lot of attention. Read More »

It often irks me when people offer vocal support to our Prime Minister. It irked me far less back when he was Opposition Leader — I was as pleased as anyone when he defeated John Howard at the polls — but hating Howard is not a good enough reason to be wilfully ignorant of Rudd’s failings.

I often don’t see how people can offer him their unconditional support. Does no one read The Australian? Has no one read the multitude of articles outlining his and his government’s various flaws? Apparently not, because I keep hearing glowing praise about him. He apologised to the Stolen Generations! He single-handedly saved the economy from recession by paying half the population $900! He saves the environment, but not at the expense of economic growth! His idea of foreign policy is “being a good international citizen”! What’s not to like?

Yesterday, the reasons for some of these attitudes were revealed to me. The Australian published an article entitled “Rise of Rudd’s sentinels of spin”. It outlines the ways in which the dissemination of information has been centralised in the hands of the Prime Minister, and how the media is forced not to examine any decision too carefully. Read More »