Sanders, Socialism, and the Media

21/04/2019

Bernie Sanders, one of the most popular presidential candidates in the US, has come under fire by most mainstream (and likely all conservative) media outlets. The New York Times is one of the interesting ones, as many people look to them as the peak of ‘leftist’ media. The problem with that is that they are only ‘left’ if you believe the likes of Obama and Clinton are ‘left’. Just like in 2016, Sanders faces an uphill battle against the DNC establishment.

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Church or the Planet? Humanity’s Chosen

20/04/2019

Notre Dame, a building with much spiritual, cultural, and historical value to the people of France, burned. The world (i.e. the West) wailed in dismay, and well over $1B has been raised for the rebuilding effort (if only the Church was so generous with its obscene wealth?). But there is a hypocrisy that many appear to have overlooked in all of this – what about our planet?

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Intelligence Versus Arrogance Pt.2

17/04/2019

In Pt.1 I compared Noam Chomsky and Ben Shapiro over their speeches/discussions of socialism. In this post, I want to focus on the Israeli-Palestinian question, for which I will refer to those two but also many others. Just like when talking about socialism, the contrast between intelligent speakers and arrogant and hypocritical ones is rather interesting.

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Intelligence Versus Arrogance Pt.1

16/04/2019

When you listen to people across the ‘political spectrum’, from the left (meaning legitimate left, like Noam Chomsky, not the American DNC ‘left’) to the right, there seems to be a very clear and distinct difference in the way they communicate. Not just that, but also in the legitimacy of the arguments they put forward when debating or advocating for something. What you tend to find, when you compare certain people on a particular topic, is that one side (the left) comes off as intelligent, while the other (the right) delves into an arrogant sense of perceived intelligence.

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Reflection on Leadership: Jacinda Ardern

04/04/2019

In the aftermath of the Christchurch terror attack (the perpetrator of which is now charged with 50 counts of murder and 39 counts of attempted murder), all eyes fell on the quiet, small country of New Zealand for many reasons. One of which was the strikingly brilliant approach their Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, took throughout the whole ordeal. But, really, should it have made headlines?

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Don’t Take My Word for It! Why I Write

30/03/2019

I’ll be the first to admit I have some very strong opinions on certain topics, and when discussing them with people can be rather adamant that what I have to say is right. But I have no illusions whatsoever that people have to, or will, agree with what I have to say. And to that, I say good on them – they do not have to take my word as gospel, nor take the same or similar viewpoints. In fact, I enjoy it when people question me or argue; partly because it’s a guilty pleasure, but mostly because a discussion of ideas is how healthy discourse should work.

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One Nation, the NRA, and Al Jazeera: A Question of Public Interest Pt.2

29/03/2019

One of my university lecturers posed these questions to us regarding ethics in journalism:

Is it ever ok for the media to engage in covert activities and deception? What role does public interest play?

In Pt.1 I gave One Nation and the gun lobby no quarter, and it is in this piece that I wish to explore Al Jazeera’s role, as well as answer the above questions.

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“Born to Rule”

13/03/2019

As if the number of leadership changes in the last decade hasn’t been enough, Barnaby Joyce has made some not so subtle threats that he sees himself as the elected Deputy Prime Minister of Australia. Not only is that technically incorrect, it highlights that the Nationals can also do this cool division stuff like the LNP, and reeks of entitlement. As if one could harbor any more resentment towards that buffoon.

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Should Yiannopoulos Be Allowed to Speak Here?

09/03/2019

Milo Yiannopoulos has been called many things, but I think he can be summed up in a couple of words: absolute enigma. He calls himself a provocateur, then his fans wonder why so much of the world detests him. He has made offensive comments about people of colour and the LGBT community; however, he is currently married to a black man. He has made comments that could be considered death threats to journalists, despite he himself having been a journalist. There’s much more controversy, the most topical at the moment probably being his comments regarding paedophilia and sexual assault – that’s sure to go down well given the events of the last few weeks. But despite all of this, the question has been raised – should Yiannopoulos, and others like him, be allowed to tour and speak in Australia?

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Quick Quips: One Million Voices

05/03/2019

Two Steps From Hell, an incredible music production company, recently hit one million subscribers on YouTube – a feat they are immensely proud of, for good reason. For the occasion, its founder and one of the main composers Thomas Bergersen released a track called One Million Voices, from his upcoming solo album Humanity.

I am no expert on music by any means, but the title of the song and album are entirely fitting. Merely through sound and a clash of cultures, art is created and (judging from the comments so far) fans globally have come together. If one piece of music, one man, one voice, can do that, imagine the impact of one million voices in unison. Imagine the power for change that remains untapped, each additional voice adding strength. Across borders, across cultures, across the divides we have made. Just imagine…

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