2010 in entertainment

January 10, 2010


Well, the silly season is over; the last of the champagne consumed, unwanted presents discarded and the reality of extreme amounts of food have well and truly set in. As we dive headfirst into 2010, there are already plenty of upcoming releases- music, television and cinematic- that are glimmering with promise . While so many of us seem to be still in nostalgia-town of 2009, here’s what I’m looking forward to in 2010.

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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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In Dust we Trust.

September 24, 2009

A couple of strange things happened yesterday. Most people in Brisbane or Sydney were witness to a gigantic cloud of red dust clamouring over the cityscape, myself included. What was even more interesting though was just how comprehensively social media outlets Twitter and Facebook covered the event.

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Stumbled upon this earlier today (thanks Musicadium). It’s definitely an interesting clip, and it poses even more interesting questions: Is social media a fad? Or is it the biggest shift since the Industrial Revolution?

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Hottest 100 Wrap-Up

July 13, 2009

The winning song.

Well, the countdown is over.  With our next-door neighbours moving in, we serenaded their arrival in the only possible way; lots of good food, alcohol and very, very loud music. And to everyone’s utter surprise (not), Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana pipped everyone at the post, and took out the number 1 spot. But what of the other 99? Was the countdown rubbish? Biased? An accurate depiction of musical tastes over the past century? Twitter, the Triple J site and numerous other social networks have been amass with comments about the once-a-decade event. Here’s my thoughts. Read the rest of this entry »