What Is Virtue Signalling? The phrase ‘virtue signalling’ was coined by The Spectator journalist James Bartholomew in 2015 in reference to ‘the way in which many people say or write things to indicate that they are virtuous’. The phenomenon of virtue signalling accelerated because of the ease with which we can (in theory) make a ..
Death by Silence in the Writers’ Combat Zone There is a famous maxim which is sometimes attributed to the American philosopher William James, and also Mahatma Gandhi: ‘First they ignore you; then they mock you; then they attack you viciously. Finally they say, oh we knew that all along’. Stage one – the Totschweigtaktik – ..
2020 should be like the real 1984, but instead we’re getting the Orwellian version The economy is actually in better shape than it was under President Reagan. There may be no official Cold War, but we’re pressuring our enemies in Iran, Russia, China, and North Korea in ways that are in line with the pressure ..
On 7 June, the ABC published the following headline: “New DNA technology confirms Aboriginal people as first Australians” In practice, the research confirmed nothing of the sort. Professor David Lambert, from Griffith University, and colleagues, have used new DNA sequencing methods to re-analyse the material from Mungo Man According to Prof. Lambert: “The sample from ..
The extinction of the Australian pygmies The Encyclopedia of Aboriginal Australia (1994), published by the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, today does its best to disguise these people. It lists some of their tribes, including the Djabuganjdji, Mbarbaram (Barbaram) and Yidinjdji (Indindji), but does not mention a word about their stature. ..
Here’s the Biggest Mistake You Can Make When Correcting a Lie When correcting a lie, don’t repeat it. Yes, this is counterintuitive. When you see a lie, your human reaction is to call it out and correct it. But as it turns out, the strategy often backfires. Repeating the lie calls more attention to it and makes ..
“Pacific Catholic leader to speak on the poor, climate change and the threat of rising tides” A CHURCH leader who [claims that he] has witnessed Pacific villagers forced from their coastal homes because of rising sea levels is to celebrate Mass in Brisbane next month, and will speak about the poor, the vulnerable and the ..
A Trump Official Just Posted on Instagram That Jeffrey Epstein Was “Hillary’d” Jeffrey Epstein, the multimillionaire accused of sex trafficking, was found dead in his New York jail cell Saturday morning in an apparent suicide. Details of his death emerged first through ABC News and quickly circulated among New York media outlets, but Lynne Patton, ..
What is a Makarrata? The Yolngu word is more than a synonym for treaty Makarrata is much more than just a synonym for treaty, though. It is a complex Yolngu word describing a process of conflict resolution, peacemaking and justice. It is a philosophy that helped develop and maintain lasting peace among the Yolngu people ..
Mignon Fogarty is the founder the Quick and Dirty Tips podcast network, the creator of of the Grammar Girl website (one of Writer’s Digest’s 101 Best Websites for Writers in 2012, 2013, and 2014), and the creator and host of the Grammar Girl podcast (Best Education Podcast in the 2012 and 2013 Podcast Awards). Mignon ..