Posts by Geoff Lealand

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  • Hard News: What rules are these?, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Jeez! I wish I hadn't clicked on his site, for it made my head spin. What an extraordinary septic tank load of gobbledygook. He might be better employed in the firewood industry.

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  • Hard News: What rules are these?,

    All is not lost at the SST. Grant Smithies wrote a perceptive column in yesterday's edition about the obsession women's magazines have with Jennifer Anniston, and peverse interest such magazines have with finding fault with celebs (all those arrows pointing to cellulite zones!).

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  • Hard News: Autism and celebrity, in reply to SteveH,

    Which is really one of the primary roles of education these days -- to distinguish knowledge from information, truth from noise, authoritative data from the spurious. One problem I frequently encounter with students is that many of them tend to regard everything on the web as of equal value, irrespective of the source (and date of publication). I refer to this as The Daily Mail Problem, where students have no awareness of the nature of the source.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Just the Tunes,

    So, I guess you are not all rushing out to buy Geoff Sewell's latest dribblings for Mother's Day? He was allowed to get away with quite extraordinary self-promotion on Jim Mora's programme this afternoon,

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  • Hard News: Autism and celebrity,

    I don't know whether it was because I emailed them (home today, nursing a 'orrible cold) but Jim Mora referenced Russell's thread in his interview with Sewell just now. I suggested that if the conversation strayed from the first purpose of plugging his new album (ever so middle-brow!), they needed to read Celebrity and Autism firstly.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: The Superstar Economy,

    One up for the Austrians. Could be worse--could be Miss Brat Wurst.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: The Superstar Economy,

    Timely stuff, Russell. I still hear folk trot out the 'Long Tail' tosh as if it were established fact.

    On another topic, just read an interesting article in Screen Education (Aust) about how some cinemas are now doing special film screenings for sensory-sensitive/autistic children--keeping the lights on, turning down the sound etc. Would you like me to mail you a copy?

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  • Access: Defective, deficient, deviant…, in reply to Sacha,

    Sacha; did you get my message offering to send copies of a couple of interesting articles from Australian journals?

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  • Capture: Still Life in Mobile Homes,

    Lovely stuff, Jackson--especially the projector.

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  • Access: Defective, deficient, deviant…,

    Yes, the Mazengarb Report is quite extraordinary. I refer to it when I teach about moral panics and the students look on with bewilderment, even though I stress that panics about ‘dangerous youth’ persist.

    Josephine and I recently had remarkable insights into how local communities can support —and even treasure–vulnerable people, with the death of my sister Diana Golding in Grey Lynn in March. I knew about her growing up years, in difficult times (being born with club feet and diagnosed as schizophrenic in her mid-teens) but much less about her life in recent decades, when she became known as The Queen of Grey Lynn. We were expecting a few people to come to her funeral (having rung people in her grubby little address book) but there were more than 70 crowded into the room. The Grey Lynn Library closed and all the librarians came. There were local shop-owners, case workers, locals who had befriended her, street people, health workers. The two local policewomen came along to pay their respects. People told stories of her and played music. Indeed, after an hour of people standing up and telling stories, the funeral director was giving us frantic hand signals from the back, to draw things to a close.
    My sister died with few possessions but extraordinary mana in her community. We had to account for her funeral expenses but it seemed a small price to play.

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