Welcome to Good Vibes with Vibewire, your regular dose of the fresh and the fun. The entrepreneur world can be pretty ruthless at times so here are a few positive points to get behind.
+ PRESSing news — Channel 10, which went into receivership in June, has been bought by US broadcaster CBS. The offer is still pending regulatory approval, but if successful, hopefully we’ll be seeing more creative stateside content coming to down under free-to-air. CBS is home to some great productions (looking at you The Good Wife), and it will be interesting to see how the future of free to air broadcast changes with the influence of foreign ownership. Fingers-crossed that Australian-made and locally produced content doesn’t get the cut! What will happen to our favourite-soap-that-nobody-watches, Neighbours??
+ Look What You Made Me Do, a shout-out to Taylor Swift! The famous songstress has released the first single for her upcoming album Reputation (release date Nov 10). It’s been getting some mixed reviews, but no doubt we’ll know the words in no time (whether we want to or not). With inspiring lines such as ‘I’ll be the actress starring in your bad dreams’, now we all have a new anthem to sing next time we’re bathing in a tub full of jewels or robbing a bank in a cat-mask.
+ With the postal-vote plebiscite making its way to our mailboxes very shortly, there’s no time like the present for some great think-pieces about equality. Check out the upcoming Quarterly Essay by Benjamin Law, Moral Panic 101: equality, acceptance and the safe schools scandal, (release date Sep 9) for an insightful look into homophobia in contemporary Australian society and how we are failing vulnerable youth.
+ “To read every article the Australian has published on Safe Schools is to induce nausea. This isn’t even a comment on the content, just the sheer volume … And yet, across this entire period, the Australian – self-appointed guardian of the safety of children – spoke to not a single school-aged LGBTIQ youth. Not even one. Later, queer teenagers who followed the Safe Schools saga told me the dynamic felt familiar. At school, it’s known as bullying. In journalism, it’s called a beat-up” —Benjamin Law, Moral Panic 101.
Photograph: Picture courtesy of Taylor Swift/Big Machine