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Director's cut — September 2006

September 1, 2006 by Tara Brabazon

Greetings to members and lurkers.

Maybe it was the vision of Jamie Oliver trudging through commercials in a fat suit. Perhaps it was breakfast television's fixation with supermarket packaging. Possibly, it was the decline of Brand Beckham. But there are few spaces in the media for informed dialogues about the role, function, expectations and hopes of higher education.

Since arriving in Britain a couple of months ago, I have read a range of British journalists offering their views on universities. This journey through Newman-lite has not been pleasant reading. Nostalgic Baby Boomers have summoned an era when they drank warm beer and vomited cold chips for most of the term, only to pull an all-nighter before an exam and gain a first.

News clippings — September 2006

September 1, 2006 by Tara Brabazon

It was a pleasure to hear from many of our members during the month. A new member of the PCC, Meg Shields, told me about her remarkable life balancing family, work, study and writing. She remains an inspiration because from her struggle is being forged passionate and powerful work. She is currently working towards a script — to shoot at Christmas — for a Tropfest entry. She also has her "Solitary Confinement" short under review, so we wish her every success. Her talent is obvious to all who know her.

Director's cut — August 2006

August 1, 2006 by Tara Brabazon

Greetings to members and lurkers.

As members may know, I moved to the UK in August. It's been a great move, and I'm settling in well. But the differences in this new place remain fascinating. What I wasn't expecting was fascinating hostility from journalists towards Media Studies. In Australia and New Zealand, we are used to an awareness of our expertise in policy, practice and writing. The PCC is part of a global community of practitioners, writers and thinkers who are active in the media while trying to change the media. But we rarely have to face attacks 'from within.'

News clippings — August 2006

August 1, 2006 by Tara Brabazon

Our congratulations are passed to Pippa Doyle who, after working at Nova 93.7 FM for eighteen months, has just been appointed to the position of Mornings Producer/Programme Maker for the ABC in Kalgoorlie. She is broadcasting to a huge region include the entire Western Australian goldfields, from Kalgoorlie right through to Esperance. I had the great pleasure of teaching Pippa at Murdoch University, and from her first appearance in that first tutorial, it was clear she had incredible talent and wide-ranging intelligence. All her great success is well deserved, and I am certain that she will continue her achievements.

Director's cut — July 2006

July 1, 2006 by Tara Brabazon

Greetings to members and lurkers.

In the last month, I have just moved everything — my entire life — from Perth in Western Australia to Eastbourne in the United Kingdom. I am still on the anti-inflammatories for my back. I did not move anything as sensible as furniture, a washing machine or even a microwave oven. Of the 122 boxes that have been packed, 89 are filled with books. A further five boxes were culled from the collection and given to members of the Collective. On behalf of my back, thank you to the recipients of my proto-boxed books.

News clippings — July 2006

July 1, 2006 by Tara Brabazon

Great news from our members this month — much involving travel.

Director's cut — June 2006

June 1, 2006 by Tara Brabazon

Greetings to members and lurkers.

Throughout our history in the Popular Culture Collective, we have embedded sport into the work that we do. The Tackling Sport hub, headed by Debbie Hindley, has produced some of the more fascinating and diverse material on this site.

Director's cut — May 2006

May 1, 2006 by Tara Brabazon

Greetings to members and lurkers.

Popular culture often makes feel comfortable. More disturbingly, it can make us feel complacent and complicit. In the last few years, feeling anything has been helpful. The Paris Hilton effect has anesthetised us from doubt, questioning, fear and disgust. But the best of popular culture makes us feel, makes us conscious and builds a sense — or even better — a real community.

News clippings — May 2006

May 1, 2006 by Tara Brabazon

What a successful month this has been. Our members continue to show extraordinary levels of achievement and development. We are part of a remarkable group of people, and it is my pleasure to report on their achievements.

News clippings — June 2007

May 1, 2006 by Tara Brabazon

Once more, great news from our active members. Our News Clippings for June has a strong feminine inflection, so off we go!

Since Debbie Hindley submitted her PhD thesis In the Outer — Not on the Outer: Women and Australian Rules Football in late February, she's kept busy. She has had two public speaking engagements. In March, she was interviewed on RTR by the PCC's own Leanne McRae to talk about women's involvement with Australian Rules Football. In May, the AFL invited Debbie to speak at their AFL Women's Forum in Subiaco. The MC for the evening was Dixie Marshall, Channel Nine News Presenter. Debbie spoke on the diversified roles of women in AFL.

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