In shocking and devastating news to teenagers and drunkards all across Brisbane this week, The Queensland Police Union in conjunction with Brisbane Mayor Campbell Newman want to impose a 2am shutdown of all clubs and pubs in Brisbane. Apparently violence levels in Fortitude Valley and the city are getting to unacceptable levels, and the lockdown aims to reduce this. Naturally, Brisbane teens are outraged, and plenty of facebook groups protesting the move have popped up and are quickly gaining members. But first, a disclaimer: I’m a teenager. I enjoy the valley on the weekends. Of course, I’m opposed to this plan. But before writing me off as just another binge-drinker who wants to stay out all night just to get ‘trashed’, hear me out. This plan is majorly flawed for a number of reasons, and will actually do the opposite to reducing what it aims to do.

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Australian Idle?

September 21, 2009

Let’s play a bit of a pop-quiz. Who has watched Australian Idol lately? Personally I can’t talk, I haven’t watched a full episode since my curiosity factor ran out six years ago, but now it seems that the rest of Australia is following suit. So why now? Have we finally run out of talent? Are people tuning out because Kyle is no longer a judge? Or are people realising just how shallow and manufactured the show is?

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Extra! Extra! (Cash)?

August 14, 2009

There’s been some interesting additions (in more ways than one) to the newscape online lately. The latest from Rupert Murdoch, Owner Of Everything Righteous And Good, is that he will start charging for his news services. Of course, bloggers everywhere have been in uproar. Fancy paying for something we’ve been getting for free ever since the introduction of the internet? Well, Murdoch seems to think we’ll succumb. $20 bucks please for anyone who reads on…

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Chk Chk [Fizzle Out?]

May 25, 2009

OK, so time to weigh into the debate.

You may have seen this girl in the news lately. Did she rob a bank? No. Have any real journalistic content to talk about? Hardly. Does she posses any kind of discernible talent? Well, her ability to mimic an accent is questionable at best. Clare Werbeloff, better known as the Chk Chk Boom girl, has recently become another celebrity in the long line of internet sensations without any kind of special knowledge or talent.

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