Let's hear it for the great Australian speakers

My nominations for Australia’s best speakers are Geoffrey Rush, Jack Thompson, Cate Blanchett, Jack Charles, George Donikian, Kamahl, Robyn Nevin, Richard Frankland, Jim Maxwell and Ellen Fanning.

Each of these professionals are superb speakers for different reasons. All share common virtues as masterful presenters of articulation clarity, personality projection, speech musicality, resonance and listen-ability.

look at this classist piece of trash the age saw fit to publish today. “you’ll be better understood!” the author, a voice coach, bleated. and then held up kerry armstrong as a shining example of improved vocal technique. let me tell you, i’ve seen kerry armstrong on prisoner: she sounded like most other australians in the 1970s.

"you’ll be taken more seriously," is what the author is secretly whispering. and why is that? it couldn’t possibly be that certain ways of speaking are associated with affluence, money, and education. surely not.

surely. not.

yeah right.

look at that list of people. look at it. every one of them is a trained communicator, whose profession relies on sounding a Certain Way. but more specifically, every one of them sounds like they’ve spent time away from australia. what on earth does that say about us — because i’ve no doubt that the implied thinking in this piece is quite prevalent — that sounding like you’re from somewhere other than australia is what’s necessary to be understood and taken seriously?

great australian speakers? more like great australians who don’t induce our ongoing case of cultural cringe.


my friend once quit his job to “focus on his loafing” and i found it really inspiring

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even after getting thoroughly drenched walking home ☔️ my shirt is crisp as hell. thanks uniqlo. 😎



The Agony of the Text Message Bubble

Also known as the “typing awareness indicator,” aka “I am watching you type,” aka ”OMG WHATS SHE GONNA SAY AND WHY IS IT TAKING SO LONG AND — OH SHIT — THE BUBBLE JUST WENT AWAY, NOW WHAT?!” My piece in Sunday’s NYT.

Raise your hand if you’ve never been made nervous by this thing.

you could see people typing their response on ICQ in 1997. people need to get over themselves.

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Jon Stewart’s Priceless Response To Fox News On Ferguson

Jon Stewart is back from vacation, and he’s not wasting any time going after one of his favorite targets: Fox News.

Watch his the full brilliant 10  minute monologue on racism and Ferguson  here. 

dear huffington post gifmaker,

i realise you’re probably not paid, because is anyone at huffpo paid? but please, i’m begging you: take five seconds to include a comma or ellipsis or em dash. this might seem slightly ironic coming from someone typing this message entirely without capitalization, but you’ll work out why it isn’t eventually.


someone who has no idea what jon stewart was actually saying in that first gif where, again ironically, you’ve managed to use a single em dash.