Special K? No way

Special K no way

Words by Samantha (she/her), 29 ACT  The following piece “Special K? No way” may contain themes that might be difficult to read or triggering to some readers. Readers in need can seek support from the following services 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732) or Lifeline (13 11 14) – visit our Creating a Safe Space page to see…

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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

Misinformation on social media

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

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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Do you hear us now?

Do you hear us now

Words by Josh (he/him) 19, NSW When I was younger, around seven or eight years, I counted down each day until I could be an adult. I dreamed I would be the smartest, the person who was asked all the questions, the person who had all the answers, the centre of attention. In retrospect, I…

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Quietness and Power

Quietness and Power

Words by Helena (she/her), 20 QLD  From an incredibly young age, we are forcibly indoctrinated into a world of extroverts. Before we even have the language to consciously process what we are doing, we all internalise a bias that privileges extroversion as the correct way to be. Quietness is pathologised and treated as a character…

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COVID-19. It’s “fake”

Calendar pages for 2020 showing icon for disease to represent COVID-19, 2021 showing a wifi icon, 2022 showing a speech bubble with exclamation marks, 2023 no icon.

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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Practising Rejection

Practising Rejection

Words by Lydia (they/she), 21 VIC With the job of a writer comes the challenge of rejection that you must overcome again and again and again… and again. I feel most like a writer when I have received a rejection, which I experienced just now. It was for an opportunity that I was really determined…

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