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On ASD: Understanding Your Powerful Brain

Words by Sigrid (she/her) 21 QLD Neurodivergent people have a unique way of perceiving and interacting with the world that brings with it a unique set of strengths and challenges. They are not deficient, but harmful stigmas and copious misconceptions mean they are often perceived as such. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is one of the…

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How to have a hot person summer all year round

Words by Sigrid (she/her) 21 QLD Making sun safety sexy isn’t just a priority for the summer. Australia has the highest rates of skin cancer in the entire world, and unfortunately, us Aussies aren’t immune to skin damage, especially during the colder months of 2024. Them: “Skin cancer is an old person’s issue. I’m young…

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Raise Our Voice in Parliament – Environment

Imagine the impact when politicians across the nation commit to echoing the concerns and aspirations of our younger generations, speaking their words on the issues that matter most to them. Let us introduce you to the Raise Our Voice in Parliament initiative. It’s where the future of Australia meets the present in a collaboration fuelled…

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Technology: Gen Z

Is technology taking over? With Gen Z growing up in the digital age, a recent study found out that 45% of younger people believe that AI could replace the jobs that they’re interested in. Join our Creative Residents, Caitlin (she/her), 25, and Ethan (he/him), as they venture out to capture the perspectives on AI and…

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Misinformation, Manipulated Data and the Battle for Truth

Words by Maeson (they/them), 22 WA  Misinformation and disinformation are increasingly pervasive problems in today’s society. Misinformation is often unintentionally spread, while disinformation is deliberately shared to mislead people. Arguably, one of the most impactful and harmful circumstances of widespread misinformation campaigns are those developed by climate denialists and major fossil fuel companies and interest…

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The Misinformation Effect

Words by Madieson (she/her), 25 WA  Misinformation centralises on the spreading of incorrect information, either intentionally or unintentionally. When it comes to the current generation, we can see the rapid spread of misinformation on a variety of different issues. From a psychological perspective, misinformation looks at how our memory of previous events in history can…

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Language of Misinformation

Words by Izabela (she/her), 23 ACT Between the divisive and plentiful opinions on COVID-19, and the AI generated images of the pope in a white puffer jacket and matching latte, it can be incredibly overwhelming, entertaining, and downright confusing to navigate the internet today. As young people, most of us engage with social media and…

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COVID-19. It’s “fake”

Words by Rebecca (she/her), 24 ACT 2019 saw the beginning of a worldwide pandemic that drastically reduced movement, life, social gatherings, employment, and so much more. The world was forced to face something that was unheard of, we went in completely blind. Families were isolated, faces unseen, vaccinations introduced in hopes to save a few….

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Media and Desensitisation

Words by Helena (she/her), 20 QLD  In our rapidly globalising world, the constant proliferation of communications through the media is inescapable for anyone who has access to the internet. When anything and everything you could possibly conceive of is available for visual consumption at the touch of a finger, value and meaning are progressively lost….

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Image and Consumerism

Image and Consumerism

Words by Helena (she/her), 20 QLD We are all currently living under a consumerist society in its final and most malignant form. The inexorable effects of this immersion are often not apparent without an intentional unveiling, as consumer culture is designed to colonise and manipulate the psyche. Each cultural epoch is heavily defined by its…

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Why we’re destroying alien technology

Words by Ulban (he/him), 18 QLD  We’ve always defined ourselves by our technology. First came the Stone Age, then the Bronze Age, then the Iron Age – throughout history, technology has been a fundamental part of human progress. However, the most influential technology in history, is often ignored. This technology is the foundation of every…

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Unfiltered Thoughts: Tech

We grew up with it all around us! In fact, you would be hard pressed to find a person on this platform who isn’t regularly engaging with technology. It’s how we communicate and connect, schedule our lives, keep ourselves entertained, and learn new things. There is still a lot we don’t know about the digital…

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Install Update: Online Safety

The digital space is quickly becoming a difficult place to regulate for young people.

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Do you trust your computer?

Words by Sabrina, 19 VIC  It’s a marvel how much we’ve come to trust technology. Recently I was sitting in a Zoom class where we were discussing the impact of deep fakes. Deep fakes, for those who don’t know, are digitally manipulated videos or images which depict someone doing or saying something that never actually…

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The internet and it’s demons

Words by Tayla, 23 NSW This article contains themes of anxiety, depression and mental health which may be difficult to read or triggering to some readers. Readers in need can seek support from the following services or visit our Creating a Safe Space page to see a full list of support services. 1800RESPECT – 1800…

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A Teacher’s Concern

Words by S.H., 24 VIC This piece was a runner-up of the ‘Get Comfortable Online’ Creative Competition 2021. Disclaimer: This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, businesses, places, events and incidents are either the products of the author’s imagination or used in a fictitious manner. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or…

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I love video games – but they don’t always love me back.

Words by Jess, 25 VIC This piece was a runner-up of the ‘Get Comfortable Online’ Creative Competition 2021. Some of my most treasured childhood memories all began on one day, when my family brought home a magical yellow box containing a PlayStation 2. I sunk hours upon hours into vast video game worlds full of…

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Late Night Scrolling.

Words by Steph, 25 VIC You can read more work from Steph on her website. This piece was the Winner of the Get Comfortable Online Creative Competition 2021. Tap, Tap, Tap—but not the dreaded double tap from way back.Keyboard warriors and hashtag heroes.Unsung poets and “Hey” in my DMs.A bustling bus of screen-lit faces.Blurring pictures…

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