Not many people have heard of Hirokazu Kore-eda, the Japanese filmmaker. Although most of his films regularly attend international film festivals, he has not achieved the wider recognition he rightfully deserves. Despite having been nominated five times in the Cannes Film Festival and winning the Jury Prize for his film Like Father, Like Son in 2013. His films are intimate domestic dramas, languid in pace … Continue reading Kore-eda is an Underrated Genius
We all know a series, an author, a movie, or a show that’s been hyped up. Everyone talks about it. It appears all over social media. All we hear is ‘OMG, it’s so good!’ When the hype reaches us before we’ve had a chance to suss it out for ourselves, it can become a little overwhelming. Is it really the best movie of the year? … Continue reading To Hate the Hype
It is week one of Trimester 1 and I feel … uneasy. I stare at the welcome message from one of my instructors, drawn to a phrase, innocently penned. It instructed students that should they be unable to access live tutorials, to ‘please access them asynchronously.’ Context alone allows one to deduce the meaning of this word, and a quick google search confirms what I … Continue reading What I Learned about Shame through Asynchronous Learning
As our lives become more entwined with the internet, so too do our deaths. When we die, our ‘digital flesh’, the uncollected artefacts we users of online services amount throughout our lives, become ‘digital remains’—nebulous ‘corpses’ distributed across systems and sites. Some of these remains, such as spam folders and search histories, are analogous to fingernail clippings or the contents of a junk drawer. They … Continue reading Meeting and Preserving Social Media’s ‘Digital Dead’: Interview with Philosopher Patrick Stokes
Humbly, they departed to the ether And left this grievous aperture, Where your heart sits, Drained and unpaved with comfort. Grasp at the rain that seeps between your fingers And shred the grass in fury if you must. Cry to the night and withstand the stillness. Mourn and love the fragments of the past. No, they will no longer rise to virgin skies Unstained by … Continue reading Post-mortem
Image: “Night Traffic Surface” by sagesolar is licensed under CC BY 2.0. headlights sparkle crimson white dotted lines faded red it crawls between cars stagnant but spreading traces of life left behind —haunting the bitumen there is blood but there is no body no paper-thin fur trodden on by rubber, flesh now indistinguishable from earth; no feathers dancing upright, tethered to the gravel with crusting … Continue reading everything you see when you close your eyes
All I can think of is my grandmother praying: her rosary beads threaded loosely between the base of her palm, forefinger, and thumb. Caught in a five-day storm, she can only watch as the rain fills the gutters, and the river rises beneath her. My grandmother is a kind person, and she prays for the families, businesses and animals being taken by the rising water. … Continue reading You can still see the golden arches: the 2022 NSW flood crisis
Content warning: This piece contains mention of rape, sexual assault and domestic violence. In January 2021, I watched in awe as Grace Tame was named Australian of the Year. We all know her story by now: at fifteen, she was groomed and repeatedly raped by her high school maths teacher, Nicolaas Bester. He was fifty-eight at the time. Bester was eventually convicted in 2011 and … Continue reading Australia’s Latest Rape Culture Reckoning
DUSA is your student association/union, run by students for students. Essentially, this means you, as the student, get to choose who will run your DUSA through the student elections that happen every year. Why should this matter to me? Well, last year DUSA made a net worth of $10,787,201.00. The elected Deakin students that run the student council are paid to decide how and where this money gets spent. DUSA works … Continue reading What does it mean to vote in DUSA’s Student Election?
Have you ever been trapped by a random student on campus in a coloured shirt asking for your vote? Or have you ever received a random message through Facebook asking you the same thing? Well, that’s the Deakin University Student Association (DUSA) student council elections. So, the DUSA Student Council Elections for 2021 have been announced. If you don’t have a clue about what that … Continue reading Student Elections and DUSA: What’s up with that?