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Carbon Tax Bills Pass
The passing of a raft of bills associated with the carbon tax through the House of Representatives this week earned Prime Minister Julia Gillard a place in the Atlantic magazine’s list of the top 50 Brave Thinkers of 2011. The prime minister rubs shoulders alongside Barack Obama, recently deceased Apple demigod Steve Jobs and filmmaker Terence Malick for, in the words of…
New Yorker vs Twitter
It began with Malcolm Gladwell’s article for the New Yorker in which he questioned Twitter’s ability to create political change.
While Gladwell acknowledges that some political action has occurred via social networking - such as recent campaigns for Iran and “Moldova’s so-called Twitter Revolution” - he doesn’t believe any of these have seen real change. He argues that joining a Facebook group for change…
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