Friends with Benefits: Producing policy is not a problem

In response to the reposting on my below blog post over at the Drum there has been a number of interesting comments made. I am grateful as many of my friends who write for the Drum (or the Punch, New Matilda or in the papers) rarely get such quality comments. One comment in particular, by […]

Shake and Stir: Think Tank Enthusiasm

Researcher at the Institute of Public Affairs, Chris Berg, drew my attention to a tweet by Simon Banks from Simon’s official Hawker Britton (lobbying/PR firm) twitter account: More proof that Think Tanks are Lobbyists: and my article on why they should disclose their funding: It is about the plan to create an industrial […]

Overcoming the Failures of Political Enthusiasm

Although my focus is on the composition of power relations that constitute a given scene of enthusiasm and the ways amateur labour is commodified, the other bigger project that I hope to eventually turn to (after doing my existing project justice) is the question of contemporary political enthusiasm. Hopefully this will explain why I am […]

Enthusiasm: The Existential Territory of the Challenge

For the development of “ploys” depends upon finding some method for distinguishing among practices to find those that are politically useful: how is it possible to separate out practices that “the system of products effects within the consumer grid” from those that are “art” or maneuvers by consumers in the room left to them by […]

Engagement and Academic Media Ecologies

EDIT 17/08/11: Updated final draft of unit outline here. I am in the process of redesigning the content of an introductory first year undergraduate media studies course that I shall be teaching in second semester of this year. I’ve presented a rough draft of a list of weekly topics and readings to a meeting of […]