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News clippings — March 2007

March 1, 2007 by Tara Brabazon

So much fantastic news has emerged through the month. While in April I will reporting on many of our members' research projects in progress, I wanted to celebrate some endings — and new beginnings.

Firstly, congratulations to Angela Thomas-Jones — our extraordinary editor — and Debbie Hindley — our Tackling Sport convenor. Both have graduated from their Doctor of Philosophy this month. They were remarkable scholars during their candidature, and are continue to achieve, challenge and question the boundaries of scholarship. Here is a terrific picture of Debbie in full gown.

Dr Debbie Hindley

Director's cut — February 2007

February 1, 2007 by Tara Brabazon

Since the death of Princess Diana ten years ago, magazines have changed. Graeme Turner termed this transformation 'tabloidation.' News became entertainment. Public relations replaced journalism. This is celebrity culture. While I have got used to Posh offering fashion advice and Becks offering commentary on new masculinities, times have changed.

In the UK at the moment, there is a suite of celebrities who do not actually do anything. They are often 'presenters,' people who wear a short skirt and read an auto-cue. It is dreadful. Celebrity magazines give these superficial creatures some form of depth and intent. But it is not enough.

News clippings — February 2007

February 1, 2007 by Tara Brabazon

One major bit of news from our members on this February. Jodie Bonomini, our film guru of the PCC, has a major achievement to report.

She has been nominated for a Western Australian screen award, for production design. She worked on a short film called Disturbance in 2006.

Jodie has an incredibly varied film making career. She's shown great talent throughout her student years and has a burgeoning portfolio of achievements.

Members, check out her achievement in the production design category.

Congratulations Jodie — you are a great film maker and a great member of the PCC.

See you in March.

T XXX

News clippings — January 2007

January 1, 2007 by Tara Brabazon

What a great month for our researchers. Mike Kent has produced a terrific article in AQ. I'm so impressed by it that I immediately placed it in my course at Brighton. He does something incredibly courageous. He tells the truth about the Australian university sector and the waste of talent that is currently left in the casualised workforce. It was a remarkable piece, a pleasure to read and — what we love in the PCC — incredibly courageous.

Director's cut — January 2007

January 1, 2007 by Tara Brabazon

And then suddenly — finally — it was all over. All the pseudo-celebrity nonsense. All the anti-intellectualism. All the attention to pedicures, makeovers, hair extensions, waxing, Manolos, ugg boots, thong bikinis, colonic irrigations, Pilates, flat screen televisions, stainless steel ovens, gazebos, water features, designer clothes, designer jewellery, designer bags, 4 x 4s, miniature dogs and massive barbeques. All these micro-choices of no importance had created a culture where how we looked was more important than what we thought.

Director's cut — December 2006

December 1, 2006 by Tara Brabazon

Greetings to members and lurkers.

Probably when we all return to think about 2006, we will remember it as a disturbing, dark, ambivalent and often careless year. The war in Iraq not only continued, but continued to weep like a weathered wound on a delicate fold of the body politic. Two words — Darfur and genocide — started to be linked as a conflated noun.

Meanwhile the reality television bandwagon continued. 'Celebrities' were put on diets, sent to the 'outback,' given pole dancing lessons and sent to Africa to show us the scale of poverty, disease and death, mediated endlessly through their ignorant tears.

And — obviously — the big news of the year was that Take That got back together.

News clippings — December 2006

December 1, 2006 by Tara Brabazon

There are a few major projects brewing with members that I will be able to report through January, particularly from Sonia, Meg, Leanne and Antonio, I thought I would use this final news report for the year to announce our new innovation to the PCC that will commence on January 10.

Director's cut — November 2006

November 1, 2006 by Tara Brabazon

Greetings to members and lurkers.

I have seen the future of popular music and her name is Beth Ditto.

Last month, I told members about my trip out into a cold Eastbourne night to see the legendary Chris Farlowe. Well, October promised what I hoped would be one of the greatest gigs of my life: seeing the Scissor Sisters in Brighton. Their legendary show at the Brighton Dome was saved for posterity on DVD. This night had much to live up to, and I was excited.

Unbelievably, the Scissor Sisters were mediocre on that night, held back by their fans. Now that they are part of stadium rock, the radical edge of "Take your Mama" has now become a singalong affirming the importance of spending quality time with our parents. It was good. It was not great.

News clippings — November 2006

November 1, 2006 by Tara Brabazon

November has been a bumper month. I think we have the record for the most remarkable achievements happening to members. As we talked about in October — there are plenty of amazing accomplishments that I can't yet report because they are yet to be publicly released — but you are all changing the world, one person and one popular cultural moment at a time.

Director's cut — October 2006

October 1, 2006 by Tara Brabazon

Greetings to members and lurkers.

October is always a month of reflection. Part of me is still haunted by Donnie Darko's October. But this year, most of our community has been busy working on creating change in their own lives and the lives of others. It's been a busy 31 days.

Popular culture is the fuel and fount of our propulsion for difference. That's what we share. As I have been watching and reveling in the hopes and ambitions of PCC members, I have marveled at your passion and commitment. It seemed appropriate that on the last day of the October, I sat in a half filled auditorium in Eastbourne, watching a revue show given the unfortunately unpromising title of Maximum Rhythm 'n' Blues.

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