Category Archives: Social Commentary

Dear Hipster

Dear Hipster, So, you did it. You ruined my New Year’s. You’ve ruined nights out before, but I didn’t think you’d be able to do this. Well done; I hope you’re happy with yourself. I know I can’t make you, … Continue reading

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The Sanctity of Cool: and the threat of modern hipsterism

The Sanctity of Cool: and the threat of modern hipsterism By J.R. Kuwanski They are modern society’s coiffed pariahs, the poseurs you love to hate. They are vultures of culture—the personification of style’s suffocation of substance, snark’s snuff of sincerity, … Continue reading

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Keeping it clean

Keeping it clean   by J.R.Kuwanski   The phrase ‘keeping it clean’ seems to have etched its way into the modern dialect. Its use and scope is considerable and is often taken to represent a grander function, a life mantra … Continue reading

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The End of the New Zealand Dream

The End of the New Zealand Dream by J.R. Kuwanski Since arriving back in my homeland of New Zealand I have felt a pressure to analyze my feelings towards this awkward South Pacific atoll. Apart from the inane observations (that … Continue reading

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The Way of the Battler

The Way of the Battler by J.R. Kuwanski Since the inception of the Labour government’s 1999 campaign, the notion of the ‘kiwi battler’ has been ever present in New Zealand society. In its original use the term referred to ‘every-day-hard-working-New-Zealanders’. … Continue reading

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Picfacepage

Picfacepage J.R. Kuwanski     Dearest Anna, I was surprised to receive your face page friend invite the other week. I was surprised for several reasons, of which I would like to discuss. Since the advent of bookface I have … Continue reading

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The Riots: Pay More Attention to Nature and Less to Morality

The Riots: Pay More Attention to Nature and Less to Morality By J.R. Kuwanski   I don’t condone what has happened on the streets of London over the last few days. I don’t think it can be justified. I do … Continue reading

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