Perilous Isolation

Image courtesy of ThorstenF My husband, Jacques, and I recently went away for the weekend to celebrate our first wedding anniversary. We missed both church services on Sunday and then, because it was school holidays, there was no prayer meeting on Tuesday or home group on Wednesday.  We had a wonderful time away (experiencing of …

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Commoditised: Celebrities and the Tabloid Industry

This week Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced that they would be suing the Mail on Sunday and their parent company Associated Newspapers. Mail on Sunday is accused of unlawfully publishing a private letter from Meghan to her father - edited seemingly with the intention to vilify her. Harry’s suit is against Associated Newspapers and …

The Hollywood Formula

Christina Klein (2004, p. 361)describes Hollywoodisation somewhat bleakly, saying that “global Hollywood is gobbling up a seemingly ever-increasing share of the world’s film markets and in doing so is driving local industries to the brink of collapse and homogenizing the world’s film culture.” This is directly seen in the way that Asian films have taken …

The Recycle of Fashion

We live in a remixed world where the question constantly looms in the back of our minds: is anything original? Is it possible to create something new, or is everything just a rehash of what we've previously consumed? Because of globalisation, the flow of information is so rampant that copying and remixing is only increasing. Take fashion, for …

Beautiful ≠ Bad

Image courtesy of IMDB This week I watched the Netflix movie Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile starring Zac Efron about the life of Ted Bundy. As I was thinking about it, I got to wondering how much we in western society have been conditioned to think that good looking people can’t be bad or …