Monthly Archive: October 2012

14 Oct

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Still stuck in the 1980s? The Unions and the Accord

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Bill Kelty

This blog post first appeared at Overland Journal. On 16 May 2012 there was a reunion at the Australian Council of Trade Unions congress gala dinner. The crucial players involved in the development of the ACTU and ALP Prices and Incomes Accord of the 1980s – Bill Kelty, Bob Hawke, Paul Keating and Laurie Carmichael […]

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11 Oct

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GUEST POST: Psy, ‘Gangnam Style’ and the politics of satire

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A sharp critique of US-Korean foreign policy ties. Or a silly dance designed to sell records. You be the judge

Sometimes, just sometimes, a foreign pop music phenomenon breaks through the barriers erected around the English-language markets that dominate global music profit-making. Without doubt the grating dance-pop of South Korean hit “Gangnam Style” represents one of these moments. Complete with a novelty dance, the song’s music video has gone viral on YouTube and the track […]

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