Posts by Geoff Lealand

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  • Speaker: The Architecture of Elsewhere,

    Why not build a lovely golden sand artificial beach backed by landscaped gardens

    Just you wait--some bastard on a jet-ski* will turn up. Still, they did something like this on the south bank of the river which courses through Brisbane and it works.

    *If you hate them as much as I do, you will appreciate Grant Smithies diatribe against such tool-head machines in the most recent Sunday Star-Times.

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  • Busytown: Holiday reading lust,

    Ah, but ironic kittens painted by a well-connected artist who went to the right schools..

    Or if they were floated in a vat of formaldehyde, a la Damien Hirst?

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  • Random Play: The Big Day Out: Lambs to…,

    Thanks, Graeme. Confirmed for me that it was the right decision not to go to BDO this year, and has heightened the anticipation for Al Green in The Civic on Thursday.

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  • Hard News: Holiday Musings,

    I tend to side with Giovanni here, Ben. Fictions which persist, get retreaded and and re-worked do become our 'reality' and it is very wrong to dismiss them as 'mere entertainment'. I am not saying that you are suggesting this but some of the truly awful responses to Peter Calder's maverick review (at the Herald site) are eg how dare he say these things?/if he can't make films like Cameron, he has no right to pass judgement on them etc.

    So, in Avatar, there are fictions-which-have-become-our-reality eg 'nature' vs technology; the evil corporation vs individual opposition; violence as a legitimate form of struggle; love conquers all; structures of authority and power etc. It is rather like when I introduce students to the idea of ideology as meaning/value systems. I suggest that ideological constructions of the world, and their role in our meaning-making, are inescapable. To deny the existence of ideological determinants, is an expression of ideology. This is not necessarily a depressing prospect; if you come to a clearer notion of how you form your opinions, preferences and prejudices, it can be very liberating. It can also point to the contradictions of contemporary life eg how Avatar is swelling the profits of its ultimate owner News Corporation--which, for many people, represents the epitome of corporate evil.

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  • Hard News: You've got to listen to the music,

    <quote>Ahh, Westie culture.</qoute>

    Way out west, there is the Kai Festival at Kawhia on Feb 6.

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  • Hard News: You've got to listen to the music,

    Crowey and me are going to find a paddock and let our respective armies have it out.

    As long as there are no skirts&sandals!

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  • Hard News: You've got to listen to the music,

    My daughter is seeking more information on 'the most interesting leotard' worn by Peaches (NZH review of BDO).

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  • Hard News: You've got to listen to the music,

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  • Hard News: You've got to listen to the music,

    An interesting piece in today's Weakend (sic) Herald ' Counter-culture' BDO a triumph of capitalism (C2). Some of the points it makes are blindingly self-evident (eg 'alternative' is just another genre or marketing slot) but it is interesting that these view are expressed by a marketing type.
    Apparently we may well be 'followers of Russell Brown rather than Russell Crowe'. Where you may go, we will follow...

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  • Hard News: Holiday Musings,

    Its idealised society are a monoracial group with no minorities

    ...and their bluish appearance indicates their political persuasion? ;)

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