Author — Ollie Neas

Author Archive: Ollie Neas

Ollie served dutifully alongside Asher Emanuel as Co-editor of Salient throughout the tumult of 2012. He has contributed to Salient since 2011 and intends to do so for the rest of his waking life.

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March 15, 2015

On March 26th 2000, five executives from Jive Records met at The Palm restaurant in New York to celebrate. They ate lobster. They deserved it. It had been a big year. The third album from the Backstreet Boys—the label’s golden goose—had broken sales records, and the debut album from their latest discovery, an 18-year-old named [...]

May 4, 2014

It was as though we felt that if we just banned synthetics we could make not just the joint disappear, but the whole ugly scene. We wanted to wave the magic wand and make it all go away.

October 7, 2013

1. Whether conspiracy theorists are ever right.

September 9, 2013

Why has one of New Zealand’s two major political parties spent five years in the political doldrums?

August 12, 2013

Right now, the paranoid can hardly be blamed for feeling that they’re being watched.

June 4, 2013

Salient’s in-house correspondent-in-gloom Ollie Neas sits down with Victoria Postdoctoral Fellow and philosopher Dr Dan Weijers to uncover the simple secrets about that elusive thing called ‘happiness’.

May 13, 2013

One of the two frontmen, Samuel Flynn Scott, has described Fandango as “test-match music”. Sit down for it, for it takes commitment, but it’s worth it.

April 15, 2013

Censorship: protecting us from ourselves?

March 11, 2013

  When Internet addiction stops you logging out Every morning when John wakes up the first thing he does is check his messages. Email. Facebook. Twitter. If he’s got time, he’ll read a New Zealand Herald article or two to see if anything interesting has happened overnight, before heading to uni. John packs a smartphone—3G [...]