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    Imagining the Future

    That great imponderable, the future, looms larger than ever, troubling our dreams, darkening our screens with visions of dystopias, apocalypse and the walking dead.

    The future is almost within reach, but the portents are challenging. Now is the time to consider whether the world in fifty years will be a better or worse place for most people. 

    Innovation and agility may be the new buzzwords, but if they are to mean more than increased efficiency and wealth for the few,...

  • Contributors Circle

    Moments alone
    Kate Veitch

    'Was it possible that all these years – decades, in fact, ever since I began earning my own living in my mid-teens – I'd been enjoying eating by myself (and movie-watching, gallery-hopping, clothes-shopping and plane-catching, by myself), the people around me had been glancing across and thinking, Poor thing?'

    Kate Veitch’s essay ‘Moments alone’ appears exclusively online, as an accompaniment to Griffith Review 40: Women and Power. In it, Kate explores how women who enjoy spending time alone are viewed by the society around them and the ways in which so many are robbed of their precious ‘alone time’ by the demands of gender.

  • Brian Johns Lecture

    2016 Brian Johns Lecture
    delivered by Julianne Schultz

    Most importantly, as scholars are beginning to draw out, and people are feeling in their bones, this disruption is not just about technology. It is cultural and political. Although we haven’t yet got our heads around what it might mean and how it might play out.

    Griffith Review editor Julianne Schultz recently presented the second annual Brian Johns Lecture, the first since Johns’ death earlier this year. Addressing the rising threat of companies like Facebook, Amazon (and Apple), Netflix and Google – ‘FANG’ as she refers to them – Schultz describes how this ‘handful of global companies [are] shaping tastes, distributing and exploiting information we didn’t even know we generated’. Read an edited version on The Conversation.

  • Online essay

    A landscape of stories

    The restoration of parks, creeks and wetlands is a noble aim. But I’d like to see the preservation of stories alongside it. The narratives embedded in landscapes need to be conserved as much as the landscapes themselves. Not just for practical reasons, so we don’t build houses on top of toxic quarries, though it would help in that regard. The stories of a place are the source of its meaning to those who live there.

    As part of our online content for Griffith Review 52: Imagining the Future, we published Nick Gadd’s award-winning essay ‘A landscape of stories’. After twenty years in Melbourne’s inner-west suburbs, Nick began to walk and document the urban environment that, for so many us, exists in the shadow of our everyday sight. He uncovers the way the topography and (especially abandoned) buildings of the city, and their interwoven stories, contain a quiet but rich history that should be a focus of future conservation.

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