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Australians rejoice, again

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Lets salute our diversity

Lets salute our diversity Illustration: Rocco Fazzari

 

Celebrating Australia Day seems to involve paying homage to certain stereotypes and icons, which remain the same no matter how culturally diverse we become.
One could argue that it is a sign of insecurity, while the other view could be that it is a sign of confidence.
Good or a bad, these icons give a feeling of continuity and follows a long-running song line.
This week's video celebrates this identity with a twist.  

30 comments so far

  • That's a really poor effort.

    Commenter
    W
    Location
    Berlin
    Date and time
    January 27, 2012, 12:48AM
    • Could someone please explain to me what I just watched!!!?

      Commenter
      misterManSam
      Date and time
      January 27, 2012, 1:01AM
      • Oh come on guys open your eyes. Its an animated visual pastiche, conceptualising the transmirgration of cultural iconical imagery into various personas. Demonstrating the shallowness of the relationship between these individual identities and metaphors within the context of the national collective conciousness. Please correct me if I'm wrong Rocco.

        Commenter
        SteveH.
        Date and time
        January 27, 2012, 8:59AM
    • Are we really becoming more culturally diverse, or just an archipelago of cultural cliches. Frankly cultural interaction in this country seems to be generally limited to buying takeway food. And if that is the case the Americans through KFC, Subway and McDonalds would appear to be the market leaders.

      Commenter
      SteveH.
      Date and time
      January 27, 2012, 8:07AM
      • More so a sign of that we've had a gutful of so-called "diversity" (which is just code for "lets have less white people") and are reclaiming the pre-multicultural identity of Australia which our great leaders like Henry Parkes, Alfred Deakin et al envisaged for this now Balkanised nation.

        Commenter
        Jon
        Location
        Reality
        Date and time
        January 27, 2012, 9:01AM
        • Who is "we", Jon? The majority of Australians have embraced multiculturalism. If you have an issue with non-whites, may I suggest you return to Europe.

          Commenter
          Drogo
          Location
          Perth
          Date and time
          January 27, 2012, 11:08AM
        • Tyrian, you just validated the point I was trying to make.

          Multiculturalism = dilute, divide, destroy the predominant Eurocentric culture. Case in point. Muslim lobby groups in Switzerland are now demanding a change to the nation's flag because its white cross is considered offensive to Muslims now living in Switzerland.

          Commenter
          Jon
          Location
          Reality
          Date and time
          January 27, 2012, 9:49PM
        • Drongo, polling has consistently shown the majority of Australians reject multiculturalism, a policy from a quasi-Marxist government (Whitlam) which was forced on us with no referendum, plebiscite or even mandate. The throwing out of Whitlam in the second election proved the Australian population did not want both Whitlam or his devisive policy of Multiculturalism.

          This odious policy has been perpetuated by those on the Cultural Marxist left and the Capitalist right in order to facilitate their common goals of no-borders, no nations globalisation. One amorphous global market.

          Commenter
          Jon
          Location
          Reality
          Date and time
          January 27, 2012, 9:55PM
        • Jon,

          You seem to be assuming that it is possible and desirable to attempt to stop a culture from changing, or to enforce a particular "official version" of "our" culture on the entire population. But don't feel too discouraged - you are not alone. John Howard was fond of insisting that HIS culture was the ONLY culture that was valid for Australia, despite the fact that HIS culture was largely a fantasy generated by resentment of people more intelligent and courageous than himself.

          But lets get this straight. Culture is a DYNAMIC ENTITY resulting from interactions between individual Australians (all of them), their ideas, beliefs, fears, hopes, prejudices and errors. There can never be an "official version" of our culture because, if you try to write it down it would be redundant well before the ink is dry. Every time a new baby is born, someone dies, a new immigrant arrives or an Australian emigrates, our culture changes. Every time we learn something as individuals, our culture changes.

          That's the beautiful thing about culture: nobody - not even John Howard can own or control it. Our culture is what it is and there is nothing that you or anyone else can do about it.

          Jon, I know that sometimes the real world is a scary place and that some of us are tempted to retreat into our own little fantasy worlds where "culture" is a museum relic that cannot change. But we really have no choice but to deal with the real world and you would be a far happier person if you embraced OUR culture for WHAT IT IS TODAY AND WHAT IT IS BECOMING FOR TOMORROW, rather than pining for something that never existed in the first place.

          Commenter
          v
          Date and time
          January 31, 2012, 2:35PM
      • I feel the same way about ANZAC Day.

        With over one third of our population being born in other countries, the link between the ANZAC's and our current population is tenious at best.

        Commenter
        Tyrian
        Location
        Ncle
        Date and time
        January 27, 2012, 9:13AM

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