Trump sessions at Storyology Brisbane 2017

Reflection on two discussions about the impact of Donald Trump’s presidency at Storyology 2017, a conference on media and journalism in Brisbane.
Despite taking place in a different hemisphere, Storyology 2017 could not possibly ignore the phenomenon that in the last 12 months has altered the worldwide media landscape in such a disorienting, unprecedented way. This is, of course, the election to the White House, and the continuing behaviour and language, of Donald Trump.
Saturday at Storyology in Brisbane therefore saw two sessions that attempted to make sense of the consequences of Trump’s success for increasingly bewildered, scrambling media outlets, and offer an explanation of exactly how and why he managed to defeat Hillary Clinton in November last year.

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On 125 years since Walt Whitman’s death

Interview with author and academic Lindsay Tuggle on the 125th anniversary of Walt Whitman’s death.
Originally published March 2017, northerly
At sunset on March 26, 1892, Walt Whitman died peacefully at his home in Camden, New Jersey at the age of seventy-two, as a result of complications stemming from pneumonia. That day in early spring brought to an end one of America’s great literary lives, albeit one with its fair share of inconsistencies, controversies and even some troubling views – all characteristics of a poet whose most famous line arguably remains the ubiquitous ‘I am large, I contain multitudes’ from ‘Song of Myself’, part of his visionary collection, Leaves of Grass.

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