Gordon Smith

No book for you: Michelle Carter ruling arrests media hype

The ruling in the reprehensible Michelle Carter case has ramifications well outside the courtroom, as the precedent may see the end of 'tell all' stories designed for profit.

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Gordon Smith

Journalist by day, cunning linguist by night. A passion for politics, hypnotically involved in human rights. An Australian born with a Japanese tongue, hoping to hold the big wigs in government to account.

Intersectionalist blues: Criticising the critics of Twin Peaks

The sound emanating from the town of Twin Peaks is abject criticism. So much so, that it has me wondering if the critics themselves have actually watched it.

Vietnamese culture: Not pho your entertainment

Over the past 18 months, I’ve been inundated with 1,600 requests to perform in Miss Saigon. Yet still, as an Australian of Vietnamese descent, if you consider the industry whitewashed, I call it a tsunami.

next gen

TBS Next Gen: We’re not offended by Disney’s bias

What does the next generation think of today’s issues? The Big Smoke’s Next Gen program publishes Australian students mentored by TBS writers. Today, Giselle Atlas (11) takes umbrage with the media’s push for education against Disney. Let kids be kids.


Happy birthday, you’re dead: Bette Davis

The incomparable Bette Davis is the focus of our “Happy birthday, you’re…” treatment today. Just because someone has passed, that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate. Party?