Tag: Simon Cooper

Keeping Us Safe?, by Simon Cooper

The fetishisation of safety points to a larger transformation across Western democracies.

The University Does Not Think, by Simon Cooper

The fate of knowledge in an age of innovation

Trump: The Point of No Return, by Simon Cooper

It’s now clear that Trump was not merely full of bluster during campaign mode but intends to realise as many of his promises as possible.

Facebook and Lionel Shriver, by Simon Cooper

Censorship and freedom in digital capitalism

Ai Weiwei and the Superficial Politics of Victimhood

12 Feb 2016

The image of Chinese Artist Ai Weiwei lying prostrate on a stony beach in Greece, recreating the now iconic photo of drowned Syrian infant Alan Kurdi, has predictably gone viral and generated fierce argument about the role of art and politics. The problem with an image of this sort is that its meaning is endlessly debatable.

Hazelwood is Burning, by Simon Cooper

Inhaling the consequences of market emancipation in the La Trobe Valley

Enlightened Barbarism: On Zero Dark Thirty and the Torture Debate

Whenever anyone declares that what they are doing is neutral or free of ideology we ought to be suspicious. This is even more so in relation to contemporary terrorism. How would it be possible to take a neutral stance on post 9/11 events and even have anything to say? And yet this is precisely what […]

Arena Forum: Questioning Art and Politics

How might artists respond to the social transformations occurring today? Can artists take on a political agenda without compromising their creativity?

Reflections on the Current Condition

The Arena publications respond to the current crisis. By Geoff Sharp, Nonie Sharp, John Hinkson, Paul James, Alison Caddick, Simon Cooper

Murdoch’s Boyer Lectures

Simon Cooper asks why the News Corp chief was given yet another soap box to air his views

Accounting for War

Simon Cooper

Ecce Pomo

Simon Cooper