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Research: I Steamed Dumplings at Miss Louise (Project) An Exploration of Fashion Writing in an Australian Context (Exegesis) Abstract: Steamed dumplings at Miss Louise: an exploration of fashion writing in an Australian context, aims to look at fashion journalism from an academic, journalistic and creative writer’s point of view. Via three articles of writing, namely, Australian Style, Something’s gotten hold on my heart and The Bespectacled Androgyne; it demonstrates the usage of a combination of feature, fashion and literary writing techniques. This project also charts my progress to find my voice as a writer. Like all the good writers before me, writing that strikes a reader, like a dagger to the heart, are the ones that remain with one. And through the variety of articles, I sought to discover what made my …

Al-Qaeda: From ‘The Base’ to Global Database Abstract: Al-Qaeda‘s retreat into the virtual world of networks has resulted in the mystification of its organisational structure. Studying the history of this organisation through the perspective of its communication practices can, however, clarify its structure. To understand Al-Qaeda now, this thesis asks: If there are links between Al-Qaeda‘s usage of Converged Communication Technologies (CCTs) and changes within its organisational structure, then how may a history of Al-Qaeda help explain the significance of those links? The research discovers that Al- Qaeda‘s decentralisation was made possible even before its timely harnessing of CCTs during the 1990s. Thereafter, Al-Qaeda‘s usage of these communication technologies only assisted in pushing its already decentralised network into the virtual world. By charting Al-Qaeda‘s history of expanding decentralisation, this …

Abstract: What follows is a folio of three first-person journalistic features I wrote in my honours year,1 and an exegesis that gives a reflective analysis of these features. The first feature, ‘Mixed Signals’, was written under academic supervision. It is not thematically linked to the second two, and contains fewer primary sources. This is because — despite repeated attempts — I failed to get ethics clearance for a proposed article about Tamil men charged with terror offences, by late August. The second and third essays — ‘Guns, Guards & Gates’ and ‘Thought-crime and punishment’ — were written before I secured a supervisor. They have been published. In all these essays, I intended to write literary journalism, but instead I wrote in the tradition of journaliste engagé, or ‘advocacy …

Research: Actors for Human Rights Awareness Campaign Abstract: The process of “extraordinary rendition”, which is practiced by the CIA, is being sanctioned and accepted by other Western nations around the world, despite the fact that it flies in the face of the Geneva Convention and the Declaration of Human Rights. However, the issue is not widely publicised and many Britons are unaware of the problem. Actors for Human Rights UK aims to tell the stories of men who have been victims of extraordinary rendition, to humanise them in the eyes of the general population, who may not know the human cost of this practice. How can AFHRUK use a viral marketing campaign to further spread its message about the wrongs being done in the name of the War on …

Research: A Friend in Need Abstract: In Australia’s contemporary media climate, lobbying for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) by support group Friends of the ABC in the face of a senate-controlling and culturally hostile federal government, would perhaps appear futile. Although committed to maintaining an independent public broadcaster which is free from government influence, Friends of the ABC seem to have a limited public profile. The group consists mainly of members over fifty years of age, with limited awareness of their aims, or even existence, by Australian youth. This project will examine key developments in the thirty-year history of Friends of the ABC, and look at whether the group has been effective in raising awareness of, and lobbying support for, the ABC. A critical analysis of Friends of the …

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