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AuthorJames Robinson

Author Archive: James Robinson

James Robinson is a university dropout turned journalist who likes to pretend he has an honours degree. Turn ons include soup, scarfs, a hot bath and some FM-smooth Kenny G-esque instrumental jazz. Turn offs include student politicians, the homeless, and people who pronounce it
supposebly.

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October 2, 2006

I watched Studentville the other day. It wasn’t my thing. To me it all just seemed like endless highlights reels of mindless idiots throwing up, getting naked and talking about people they would like to mount. And as goes with the start of any diatribe of worth, it got me thinking

October 2, 2006

The Rogers Sisters are made up of Laura (drums), Jennifer Rogers (guitar and vocals), and Miyuki Furtado (bass and vocals). Their XTC meets B-52s meets Talking Heads meets Sonic Youth template was laid down and defined by their 2002 debut Purely Evil and expanded, and deepened by last year’s mini-album Three Fingers and this year’s […]

September 25, 2006

As New Zealand’s media turns into a trench for a public relations war between National and Labour, it seems that for the time being the media, are not acting entirely in the public interest. With more and more journalists heading into public relations, SALIENT Editor James Robinson examines the line between journalists and their public […]

September 25, 2006

Are you the type of person that has had a lifelong struggle with the fact that things that other people enjoy so much just seem a little bit bloody ridiculous to you? Are you a media student, trained to think that everything is a bit crap? Or just generically cynical?

September 25, 2006

Sometimes, an editor has to delegate. But only sometimes, and only when he’s run out of options. When he’s already written the editorial about how hard it is to write an editorial; the editorial about things he could write an editorial about; and the editorial about how he’s not a racist, you overreacting bunch of […]

September 21, 2006

For the past ten weeks Academic Idol has been so much fun. This week however, it has descended into farce. To the people who figured out a way to rig the vote through deleting cookies, trust me, you fool no one. We are not CNN, we don’t usually get a thousand hits in minutes.

September 18, 2006

Kevin Smith is about as 90s as torn jeans, Kurt Cobain, and flannel shirts. Those three things however had the fortune to die, so they didn’t have to try and awkwardly stand themselves up against the current cultural climate.

September 18, 2006

From a teenager in the Dunedin bands Bored Games and the Double Happys, to rock glory in Straitjacket Fitz and quiet introversion with Dimmer Shayne Carter has built up an extensive back catalogue of music across three decades without any real misstep. With the recent release of the third Dimmer album There My Dear, Carter […]

September 18, 2006

This week everywhere you looked, the acrid stench of politics at its worst could be found. It started with funding debates, moved into September 11 and then eased into the sexual politics of the National Party.