The Show of the Year 2019
Goodbye 2019, we hardly knew ye! One minute, it was all heatwaves and holidays. The next minute, Simone Biles was doing triple-double backflips and Prince Archie was high-fiving Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Yes, in 2019, the news once again outpaced our ability to keep up with it. But with our annual Show of the Year we'll relive the past 12 months…
Mirror Mirror: Beauty, Body Image and the Self
Bri Lee's Beauty is a deeply personal treatise on body image, discipline and perfectionism. For this discussion, hosted by Lee herself, we'll take the essay as a jumping-off point for a broader conversation about beauty standards in the 21st Century.
Our panellists will consider the beauty lies we tell ourselves and each other, and explore the impossible standards amplified through…
Leading the Charge: Climate Change, Disability and Storytelling
Climate change is hitting some of us harder than others. For people with disability, it brings a unique set of potential impacts and consequences, from shelter and news accessibility during extreme weather events to sustainable housing and migration restrictions.
In this conversation, our panellists will discuss inclusion and access in the context of the climate crisis. Is the global climate…
Feminism never sleeps, so swing by Club Skunk for Broadside’s late-night talk show. Grab a drink and join our host Jan Fran as she chats to special guests Aminatou Sow and Jia Tolentino about their work, the internet, what they’re paying attention to and what’s keeping them up at night.
During the weekend of Broadside, Club Skunk is the place to…
Sex Machines: Robots and Human Intimacy
Sex robots are an endless source of anxiety, titillation, humour and fascination in popular culture – from Westworld to the novels of Philip K Dick to the fembots in Austin Powers. But what does the real future of sex and artificial intelligence look like? And how will we navigate the ethical questions (and erotic possibilities!) of intimacy with androids?
The Wheeler Centre
The Age of Hostility: Investigating Internet Trolling
Jamila Rizvi and Ginger Gorman at the Wheeler Centre
‘Don’t feed the trolls’ – it’s the conventional wisdom of the internet. But who are the trolls? What motivates them? And, beyond ignoring them, how do we limit the destruction they wreak on people’s lives?
These are the questions Ginger Gorman started asking after she herself became the target of an online hate campaign. In 2013, the investigative journalist received hateful and abusive messages, including a death threat, in response to a story she broadcast on the ABC. This harrowing experience led her to a five-year investigation of the nature and impact of trolling itself, including interviews with psychologists, police, trolling victims and, perhaps most importantly, trolls themselves. She learned about highly organised global trolling syndicates, the economic cost of internet hate campaigns, and the failure of the legal system to hold trolls accountable.
In conversation with Jamila Rizvi, Gorman discusses anonymity, misogyny and the psychology of cyber-sabotage.
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