"A new Arena for dangerous times: responding to world events and cultural…

New Arena Rising…

A new Arena for dangerous times: responding to world events and cultural trajectories—participating in the emerging debates
"The death of Kumanjayi Walker—the Northern Territory as police state

Three Shots

The death of Kumanjayi Walker—the Northern Territory as police state
"Reassessing Australia’s emissions profile

Carbon Leakage and Creative Accounting

Reassessing Australia’s emissions profile
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Arena Magazine no. 163

Magazine Issue 163 Contents Page

Dec 2019

"A parallel to the Cambridge Analytica scandal 'The development of powerful new…

Data-driven democracy

A parallel to the Cambridge Analytica scandal 'The development of powerful new means of communication has coincided, historically, with the extension of democracy and with the attempts, by many kinds of ruling groups, to control and manage democracy.' These words, written by Raymond Williams back in 1962, referred to the rise of printing in the long sixteenth century, through to newspapers in the nineteenth century, and radio and television in the twentieth century. This point…
"The Kurds, the Russians, and democracy in Turkey In Turkey, perhaps more…

Turkey in Syria

The Kurds, the Russians, and democracy in Turkey In Turkey, perhaps more than most other places, the significance of events is hard to grasp. One reason for this is the sheer number of major, often extreme, politically inspired actions: the murder of the Appeals Court judges in 2004; the huge Republic protests in support of state secularism in 2007; the massive Gezi Park protests against urban development in 2013; the shocking suicide bombings in Suruc…
"Smart devices and surveillance in everyday life What does home mean to…

The hybrid home

Smart devices and surveillance in everyday life What does home mean to you? Relief as you walk in the door after a long day of work? Peace when you lie on the couch on a cosy Sunday afternoon? Perhaps above all it's the place where the outside world is left behind. But today the home has become a hybrid space, both public and private. In the information society, the network connects dwellings with the world,…
"Crispin tells a friend, 'I feel bad, really horrible'. A little up-ended,…

Read my ‘I’

Crispin tells a friend, 'I feel bad, really horrible'. A little up-ended, Ashley hesitates, then replies, 'I don't know what to say. I can't think of anything useful to tell you. One thing I do know is I feel very uncomfortable. Hey, just what do you want me to say?'
"The spurious logics used to justify child sex dolls The BBC Three…

‘Better a robot than a real child’

The spurious logics used to justify child sex dolls The BBC Three documentary The Future of Sex: Sex Robots and Us follows presenter James Young as he interviews manufacturers of lifelike sex dolls and robots around the world. In a Tokyo sex-doll factory in 2018, with headless dolls at varying stages of development strewn all around, one doll in particular catches Young's attention. Unlike the other dolls modelled on adult women, this one is small.
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Cryptic crossword

"Review(s) of: Full surrogacy now: Feminism against family, by Sophie Lewis, Verso,…

Gestation for all genders? [Book Review]

Review(s) of: Full surrogacy now: Feminism against family, by Sophie Lewis, Verso, 2019.
"The Morrison government's foreign policy Prime Minister Scott Morrison recently announced his…

In the national interest?

The Morrison government's foreign policy Prime Minister Scott Morrison recently announced his new approach to foreign policy at a Lowy Institute event in a speech entitled 'In Our Interest'. He did so without drawing on the experience of any of the 6000 or so members of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The superficiality of Morrison's policy pronouncement became evident when he constructed a straw man to launch an attack on what he described…