Perils of Populism

The world is in the grip of profound political and social change. As leaders rise to power promising to respond to the demands of an aggrieved people – people who are angry and resentful, feeling the sting of inequality and the uncertainty of a new economic order – Perils of Populism examines this troubling phenomenon with new perspectives and challenging insight.

Missing pieces

'I respectfully disagree: while the media might have needed the clicks, the family owed readers no explanation whatsoever.'

Free to access: In his piece from Griffith Review 57: Perils of Populism, 'Missing pieces: Journalism, intergrity and mental health', Andrew Stafford reflects on becoming the focus of intense media scrutiny, and how the pressures of social media, the 24-hour news cycle and shrinking readerships are pressuring journalists into compromising on standards of reporting – particularly around mental health.

The suicide-bomber Barbie doll

'Some weeks later a new toy hit the market, becoming an overnight success: a suicide-bomber Barbie fashioned in the image of Jasmine with a large sparkly bag slung over her shoulder and pink toenails.'

Online exclusive: In her online-only short story from Griffith Review 57: Perils of Populism, 'The suicide-bomber Barbie doll'Lee Kofman follows Jonathan, a hapless but intrepid amateur journalist, through the streets of Tel Aviv. The piece takes a blackly comic look at how the media can conflate terrorism and celebrity in the most unlikely way.

Lightning Talks: Turbulent times and populism

Lightning Talks are forums run by Griffith University Libraries in which speakers give voice to a variety of topical issues and invite discussion on current affairs. This series, 'Turbulent times and populism', featured managing editor John Tague, who brought his extensive experience working in journalism (in Australia and internationally) to the talks, providing real-world insight. Also featured were Griffith academics Dr Duncan McDonnell, Associate Professor Georgina Murray, and Dr Susanna Chamberlain.


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