influencing public opinion
Fashion mags fail to empower
Ashley Crouch | 03 May 2013 |
tags: fashion, fashion magazines, misogyny, sexism
Highly eroticised glossy women's magazines are dragging girls back to the bad old days of misogynist stereotypes.
Brendan O'Neill | 12 April 2013 |
Anyone who values diversity of thought and tolerance of dissent should find the sweeping consensus on gay marriage terrifying.
Jimmy Savile and the BBC: the making of a cultural icon
Lis Howell | 04 January 2013 |
tags: BBC, Jimmy Savile scandal, sexual revolution
The Savile story is not just about the ghastly flaws of a celebrity. It is about how Britain's toffy public broadcaster has itself been seduced by the sexual revolution.
Leveson is all about politics
Ivor Gaber | 04 December 2012 |
Forget the arguments about the finer points of media regulation. This is all about old-fashioned hard-ball politics.
The cycle of fallen heroes
Zac Alstin | 06 November 2012 |
tags: heroes, Lance Armstrong
Like Hercules, Lance Armstrong was a hero, and like the Greek demi-god, he lacked important virtues.
Discovering the value of home
Carolyn Moynihan | 05 November 2012 |
A conference next week may hold the key to the recovery of Europe in the longer term.
The audacity of pose
Alma Acevedo | 31 October 2012 |
tags: Barack Obama, election 2012, rhetoric
Soaring words are for the birds. You campaign with poetry, but you govern with prose.
The mixed legacy of Helen Gurley Brown
Carolyn Moynihan | 17 August 2012 |
tags: marriage, media criticism, sexual revolution
The Cosmopolitan editor’s sexual agenda has been a spectacular failure for women. What a shame it obscured some rather good advice.
What’s Behind the HHS Mandate?
Gerard V. Bradley | 28 June 2012 |
The US Supreme Court is due to hand down its ruling on President Obama's healthcare law today. What is at stake for religious liberty?
You can tell it’s an election year when…
Denyse O'Leary | 17 May 2012 |
tags: 2012 elections, psychology
Some psychology researchers are demonizing or marginalizing voters with opposing views and calling it “science.”
Free speech no fait accompli
Alex Perrottet | 03 May 2012 |
tags: freedom of speech, media
On World Press Freedom Day, it’s not just Fiji that needs to pull up its socks.
Time to quit the New York Times?
Carolyn Moynihan | 16 March 2012 |
A full-page ad of vitriolic tone has become a moment of truth.
A bad case of charity envy
Alex Perrottet | 16 March 2012 |
Why sneer at a campaign which has harnessed the good will of so many young people?
An elephant in the press room
Tracey S. O'Donnell | 16 December 2011 |
Why did leading media fail to point out the real news in a report on abortion and mental health?
David Quinn | 23 November 2011 |
tags: sexual behaviour, teenagers, television
The view of teen sex in the popular American TV show is painfully unrealistic.
Which part of “totally transparent” don’t you understand?
Donna Laframboise | 15 November 2011 |
tags: climate change, IPCC
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is cited as the world authority on climate change. But, amazingly, many of the authors of its definitive report are mere graduate students.
And yet, it moves
George Pell | 01 November 2011 |
tags: climate change, consensus
A Catholic prelate finds himself in the party of Galileo and against the consensus of true believers on climate change.
Nobel Prizes mean more for media than for science
Peter C. Doherty | 04 October 2011 |
tags: media frenzy, Nobel Prize, science
Once again, it's Nobel Prize season. An Australian laureate remembers the day the phone rang.
Heroes and hackers
David Alton | 28 September 2011 |
The phone-hacking scandal obscures the heroism journalists can display in pursuit of the truth.
A naturally conservative nation
Thomas C. Reeves | 26 August 2011 |
tags: conservatism, liberalism, secularism
In a recent Gallup poll, only 21 per cent of Americans called themselves liberals.
Madrid, capital of youth
Carolyn Moynihan | 19 August 2011 |
tags: Spain, World Youth Day
Don’t tell the BBC, but there’s over a million young Catholics in Madrid right now having a good time with the Pope.
Baby shock! Celebrity couple snub population police
Colleen Carroll Campbell | 15 August 2011 |
tags: birth dearth, celebrities, population aging
Are David and Victoria Beckham bad role models for bringing a fourth child into the world?
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