Author Archives: Paul Harrison

The push and pull of an all-consuming life

Do you ever get the sense that we live in a culture of gratification that says we should submit to our every whim, while at the same time demands we disavow our desires? On one hand, Nigella tells us that … Continue reading

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You just don’t seem to understand

In 2017, the telecommunications industry and the Australian Communications and Media Authority will be re-assessing the customer information obligations framework for telecommunications companies – what is referred to as the Telecommunications Consumer Protection Code (the TCP code). The Australian telecommunications … Continue reading

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Desire, luxury and consuming our identity

Recent news that consumers in Adelaide are willing to pay $400 for a taste of Wagyu steak sounds ridiculous, but in reality, wanting something that others in your particular group can’t have is part of being human. Do you own … Continue reading

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Life, death and what’s important

It’s interesting that the way we think about death at different times in our history is a useful expression of our broader cultural and social praxis. In visual art, in music, and even in family homes, up until the 20th … Continue reading

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The rise of American authoritarianism

Such an interesting thesis by Amanda Taub on Vox, and so much more cogent than the explanation for the current political climate as simply “anger”. This could be just as relevant for Australia (the rise of the ultra-conservative wing of … Continue reading

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Resistance is (mostly) futile: How buying nothing is harder than it looks (especially at Christmas time)

While there are thousands of people all over the world taking part in the “Buy Nothing” movement, along with a whole range of other groups of people doing what they can to reduce consumption, resistance to commerce is nothing new. The … Continue reading

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Not so cashed up

In early May, 2015, news services reported that Denmark, one of those wacky Scandinavian countries that just seems to be obsessed with being progressive, would allow retailers to only offer card payment, and allow them to ban cash as a means of … Continue reading

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