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Performance Narratives

I am back in Australia after a visit to Germany. On my return I have come across three different resources to fuel my interest in performance narratives. 1. Team BMC James Bennett has posted a great article on the Drum website. In a post titled Cadel Evans and the Armstrong parallels, James points out: Cadel Evans's references to how he structured this year's season around the Tour de France sounds like what another guy who was good at winning Le Tour used to say. Lance Armstrong changed professional cycling by focussing exclusively on riding to win just one race a year (albeit the biggest...

Joel: Private Troubles and Public Issues

A few weeks ago I wrote a post about R U OK Day. I have received some very kind comments about the post and the sentiments expressed in it. I have been thinking about the issues the post raised yesterday and today as the story of Joel Monaghan has exploded in the digital media. I was interviewed by a researcher from PRIME about Joel's behaviour and I thought I would use this post to make the points I made to her. Regardless of the behaviour exhibited by Joel the publication of the story has enormous outcomes for Joel's well-being. He is a...

On Filters and Censorship in Australia

This post started out as an attempt to use WordPress's new email feature. I was writing from early morning Mongarlowe in rural New South Wales when my Internet access froze and I managed to lose my email post! Events seemed appropriate given the topic of this post. Two posts in recent days have caught my attention in the discussion of the proposed filter (censorship) of Internet content in Australia. The first was by Josh Mehlman on the ABC's Drum Unleashed entitled Filter opponents: change tactics or fail. The second was by Senator Kate Lundy Further thoughts on the filter. Both...