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A death of serendipity?

May 30th, 2011 7 Comments

TECHNOLOGY is creating a strange paradox when it comes to art and culture. It’s expanding our options but narrowing our choices. It’s a phenomenon that has consequences far and away from the online world and one that is even threatening the business models and viability of some companies and art forms. Recently, the National Endowment […]

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Niche cultures: Or why Opera is like Comic Books

September 15th, 2009 1 Comment

From The Arrival by Shaun Tan CALL them subcultures, genres, specialities or whatever, but culturally we are fast becoming a society of cross-pollinating subspecies. Australia has vibrant pockets of passion for everything from Korean film, contemporary theatre, comic books, hacker culture, art deco architecture, indigenous painting, poetry, hip-hop, opera and jazz. At face value, they […]

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