james norman

james norman – writing, journalism, communications

I was surprised to learn my career is actually a ”lifestyle choice”

We appear to have reached the point in Australia where pursuing a creative career is considered a “lifestyle choice”. One that won’t lead to satisfactory career or economic outcomes, and is … Continue reading

October 23, 2016 · Leave a comment

Eric Abetz’s unyielding opposition to gay law reform

Even as the Labor Party appears to have blunted the chances of the proposed plebiscite into gay marriage this week, the most vociferous opponents of gay marriage have been hitting … Continue reading

October 13, 2016 · Leave a comment

James Paterson vs Blue Poles

What price can we attach to art? According to Victorian Senator James Paterson, art and culture are only of value to Australians when it is sold off to the highest … Continue reading

October 7, 2016 · 1 Comment

Mooning laws are, well, un-Australian

“Keep it in your pants” is an expression that will soon take on new relevance when Victoria officially outlaws mooning and streaking in an update to the state’s penal code. The new … Continue reading

September 29, 2016 · Leave a comment

Banksy street art exhibition is ridiculous

Melbourne loves its street art. We know that from the regularity our stencil-adorned laneways are used to promote the city in tourism ads and fashion spreads. Not so long ago, … Continue reading

September 22, 2016 · Leave a comment

Tax Airbnb hosts to provide affordable housing

We live in a world where technology is disrupting old business models. Whether it be Uber, Deliveroo or Airbnb – the web has broken down the layers between consumers and … Continue reading

August 22, 2016 · Leave a comment

I won’t let terror turn into a fear of flying

I’m preparing to board a long-haul flight from Melbourne to Berlin and every newspaper at the departure lounge screams news of the Nice atrocity. TV monitors at the gate report … Continue reading

July 19, 2016 · Leave a comment

Pokemon – Not particularly interested in catching ’em all!

Call me slow on the uptake, but the first I knew of this new Pokemon phenomenon was the sight of grown men in the CBD wandering around in zombified groups … Continue reading

July 12, 2016 · Leave a comment

The halcyon days of the Melbourne share house may be over

For almost two decades, I lived between at least 30 different Melbourne share houses criss-crossing the north and south sides of the city. From a freegan hovel in Collingwood, to … Continue reading

April 17, 2016 · Leave a comment

Goodbye to all the gay bars. Are dating apps killing queer culture?

Walking home down Grey Street in St Kilda with my partner recently, I noticed an entire wall around a building site was taken over by billboards for a new gay … Continue reading

July 15, 2015 · 1 Comment

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