Features

May 30, 2011

Two weeks ago, on Facebook, Salient laid down the challenge of a ‘no technology’ weekend — specifically, zero interaction with social media, digital and cellular technology from Friday noon until Sunday midnight. I jumped at this challenge, figuring that with a few planned activities I could avoid losing my mind from boredom and sail through […]

May 30, 2011

If there’s any feeling I tend to get from the old fogeys that run our country at the moment, it’s that they have their heads so far up their arses, they can see what they’re having for breakfast. They ignore some huge problem, make stupid judgement calls, and then assume they are right just because […]

May 30, 2011

Once a week i get a letter from my Dad It contains a $20 note “as an incentive to open it,” he says. It usually also contains a short note detailing my sister’s latest wrongdoings, his newest flatmate’s peanut trick, or—on a slow week— the cat’s biggest killing spree. Once a week I reply with […]

May 30, 2011

It is really hard to consider how the modern world is poisoning us without sounding, at least to some, overly pretentious and judgmental. There is an implication in the use of ‘modern world’ implying that the world once poisoned us less than it does now, or that everything was somehow more natural one hundred years […]

May 30, 2011

On 6 April, an article entitled ‘News Agency Under Review’ was published on Stuff.co.nz. It simply stated that Fairfax Media had decided to withdraw its share in the country’s principal domestic newswire, the New Zealand Press Association. According to this article, the decision to cancel Fairfax’s subscription was a straightforward one. Chief executive Allen Williams […]

May 23, 2011

Throughout history people have left cities for towns, towns for villages and villages for caves. They have packed their bags, rehoused their pets, left a gift for the mailman, a cryptic note on the door and walked out of lives that will become as distant as strangers. But is it possible to become a traceless […]

May 23, 2011

I’m going to open with a small intervention: there is only one MMORPG. That just happens to be the titular mention. Everyone else is just painting themselves in cartoon graphics and screaming Azeroth till they turn blue. World of Warcraft is the pope of the multiplayer world and people love it. And what’s not to […]

May 23, 2011

The internet is a funny place for fame. Today there are so many social networking sites out there that we can accumulate hundreds of friends without ever leaving the house. What does this mean for good ol’ social interaction? More importantly, what does it mean for celebrities? The average follower number on twitter is 125 […]

May 23, 2011

Everybody loves a good portmanteau. You know, when two words are spliced together to make a brand new word? Some portmanteaus are useful, like brunch and smog and sexting. Some are annoying, like jeggings and some of them are just completely brilliant, like vagenda, aka THE AGENDA OF MY VAGINA. Sometimes portmanteaus reach a level […]