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started on Sunday, the new government terror alert hotline has "already received 500 calls," according to the head of this organisation, prime minister john howard. but it's nothing to be afraid of, despite the similarities to orwell's 1984, because it's obviously not targeting any nationality. i'm...

From Wired: "Waterproof books, used mainly by skin divers and foul-weather hikers, are finding a new audience among people who simply enjoy a nice warm bath. The new dunkable books are made not from trees, but from plastic resins and inorganic fibers. Melcher Media, a New...

the movie, not the band. in fact, when i got called about this movie, my response was, 'but i don't want to see a shitty boy band.' anyhow, the film is seriously faulted. it's basically about sex, and a woman who has body hair, a man raised...

i have a theory about the first lord of the rings film. basically, the whole thing, the ring of power, the forces of evil, they're all inspired by 'old toadie' which we'll just call a nameless and unidentified drug. whatever suits your purpose here, basically. be...

hmm. be aware that there are minor/limited spoilers in the following post about the two towers. i saw it, i'll have you know, in a movie marathon on boxing day. the fellowship of the ring played before it, followed by the second (and newer film) the two...

evolution of the livejournal. i used it, then i stopped, then i just typed in bits of habermas for what i thought was useful. now it's changing again, for those people who do not come here. i reckon i'll add it back to my sig, and...

pages 222 to 235 are chapter twenty three, which is 'the political public sphere and the transformation of the liberal constitutional state into a social welfare state'. it begins with: 'the characteristic imbalance between those functions that the political public sphere actually fulfills today and those that,...

'the disintegration of the electorate as a public becomes manifest with the realization that press and radio, "deployed in the usual manner," have practically no effect; within the framework of the manufactured public sphere the mass media are useful only as vehicles of advertising. the...

'for the periodic staging, when elections come around, of a political public sphere fits smoothly into the constellation representing the decayed form of the bourgeois public sphere. initially the integration culture concocted and propagated by the mass media, although unpolitical in its intention, itself represents...