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Digital Futures for Australian Culture: Obituary for Brian Johns AO (1936-2016)

Written by Terry Flew on January 1, 2016

The passing of Brian Johns on January 1, 2015, at the age of 79, has seen much public acknowledgement of his unique contributions to Australian media, culture and public life. Starting his career as a journalist, and becoming the Canberra chief political correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald, he worked in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet under both the Whitlam and Fraser governments. He went to be publishing director at Penguin Books in 1979, before being appointed Managing

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Two papers on censorship

Written by Terry Flew on December 28, 2015

I presented two papers at the ACADEMIC RESEARCH, NEW MEDIA TECHNOLOGIES AND THE CULTURE OF CONTROL interdisciplinary workshop, at the University of Wollongong from 2-3 October, 2015. The event was hosted by the School of Humanities and Social Inquiry in the Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts, and organised by Mark McLelland and Andrew Whelan.

My public lecture for the Faculty, titled Porn, Censorship, Classification and Free Speech: Global Paradoxes in the Governance of Media Content, can now be downloaded

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Cash for papers?

Written by Terry Flew on December 13, 2015

While people in the arts, humanities and social sciences have valid concerns about an overly narrow “innovation agenda“, I would be wary of a knee-jerk defence of the “cash for papers” framework of current Research Block Funding models as inherently good for the HASS disciplines. The question of whether institutions should automatically receive about $3,000 for short papers in conference proceedings that are not of the highest international standard is surely a valid one.

Also, if the ERA has seen

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