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Director's cut — September 2005

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September 1, 2005 by Tara Brabazon

Greetings to members and lurkers.

I write most of these Director's Cuts from Perth in Western Australia. It is a tough, parched place. Generally, through September, the big wet of winter dries and the stark summer emerges. We often do not see any rain for four months. It is amazing. While in the UK there is a clear change to the seasons, Perth has digital weather: it is either raining or bone dry.

As I have stared out my window, looking at the big drop hitting my none-too-cared for garden, it has prompted me to think about change. As I have looked back on my life, I cannot really remember a moment where I was aware that the world was changing. This knowledge only comes in retrospect. All of us can find explanations and rationales for social and personal change when looking back with regret, confusion or curiosity.

Popular culture remains the canary in the metaphoric mine of the world. The swirling changes in music, news and current affairs and film making offer a view of our lives that could be, the analogue transitions and chatter of change. Through the mesh of sounds, visions and ideas, we can see the future, and many futures. It is the capacity of popular culture to — literally — change our minds, alter our view of the environment and shake up our confident sense of selves that makes it valuable and important.

Through the next month, think about those moments of change in our lives and remember the context in which they were formed. Invariably popular culture provided the soundtrack and marinade for this journey.

Have a great October — be well.

T XXX

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