Filtered for pictures and what’s OK

10.18, Tuesday 20 Jan 2015


The decision to remove Grand Theft Auto 5 from the shelves of Target and K-Mart stores in Australia caused quite the reaction, especially in the American gaming press.

The move was discussed, argued over and written about, but the act itself took place in Australia, and reflects Australian culture and history.

Grand Theft Auto 5, Australian culture, and how the American press misses the point.

What comes across in this article - through a number of examples - is that, in Australia, debate is not polarised, but We’re more likely to participate in public debates about [speech and art], more likely to feel heard and have more faith in judging it.

Public discussion of what’s OK.


A neat flow diagram of the various publicly funded research projects that fed into the iPhone.


Gorgeous pictures of 3D fractals.


Beautiful Instagrams through aeroplane cockpit windows, but… But taking photos, or using most any electronic device, while piloting a commercial aircraft is prohibited by American and European regulators.


Some also appear to be flouting even stricter regulations for takeoff and landing, when not even idle conversation is allowed in the cockpit.

But my goodness the photos are beautiful.

That question of what’s OK… how do we decide… when do individuals break the rules and when don’t they… how do enough individuals break the rules and go “this is the sublime, this is what being human is about” and then as society we figure out that we choose the rules, and we have to find ways of making it safe to take photos from cockpit windows and share them?

Whatever, they’re only Instagrams. But pretty ones.

How do we choose what’s OK? How do we, as a society, choose what we want?

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