Christopher Scanlon

Christopher Scanlon

Christopher Scanlon is a writer and commentator whose writing on a wide range of topics has appeared in major Australian newspapers.

He teaches in the journalism program at La Trobe University where he co-founded Upstart, the magazine for emerging journalists, http://www.upstart.net.au/

Between 1999–2007 he co-edited Arena Magazine and continues to manage Arena’s website, http://www.arena.org.au

\Christopher has a PhD in politics, which focused, among other things, on the political ideas of Mark Latham. Consequently, he can claim the rare distinction of having read and made extensive notes on all of Mr Latham’s books — except The Latham Diaries.

Despite escaping from Tasmania in 1996, Christopher still occasionally refers to mainland Australia as ‘The Mainland’ to the appalled amusement of his more cosmopolitan friends. He lives in Melbourne with his wife Kasey Edwards and daughter Violet.

Articles by Christopher Scanlon

Tough luck geeks, we’re still smarter than silicon

Tough luck geeks, we’re still smarter than silicon

15 Jun 11 For a smart guy, Steve Wozniak — the man who, with Steve Jobs, co-founded Apple — has some pretty dumb…... Read more

Fresh from his brutal coup, Abbott bemoans brutal Labor

Fresh from his brutal coup, Abbott bemoans brutal Labor

16 Aug 10 When Julia Gillard successfully challenged Kevin Rudd for the Labor leadership, she brought the noble profession of politics in this…... Read more

10m yacht the perfect gift for the baby girl with everything

10m yacht the perfect gift for the baby girl with everything

02 Aug 10 My daughter Violet celebrated her first birthday last week so naturally we bought her a yacht.  Not just any yacht,…... Read more

Telcos,  Australia’s torture chamber

Telcos,  Australia’s torture chamber

02 Jul 10 We don’t torture people in this country. Instead we allow large telecommunications providers to roam the malls and high streets…... Read more

Deveny, Kyle, Matty Johns and TT’s rank hypocrisy

Deveny, Kyle, Matty Johns and TT’s rank hypocrisy

06 May 10 The response to The Age’s decision to sack Catherine Deveny says a lot about the Australian media and Australian media…... Read more

Politicians could experiment with just telling the truth

Politicians could experiment with just telling the truth

04 May 10 Gordon Brown made not one, but two public gaffes in his exchange with Gillian Duffy. The first was to be…... Read more

What a concept car can tell you about life in the future

What a concept car can tell you about life in the future

22 Apr 10 I have glimpsed the future of motoring and it turns out that in twenty years from now we’ll all be…... Read more

A message to the selfish: children are a public good

A message to the selfish: children are a public good

16 Feb 10 The arrival of a newborn child does strange things to people. It warps their perspective and clouds their judgement —…... Read more

In praise of Dan Brown

In praise of Dan Brown

05 Oct 09 ‘Do not start me on The Da Vinci Code. A novel so bad that it gives bad novels a bad…... Read more

The complete* world history of binge-drinking

The complete* world history of binge-drinking

31 Aug 09 With the current kerfuffle about binge drinking, you might be inclined to think that drinking copious amounts of alcohol is…... Read more

Abusing the term “child abuse” is dangerous

Abusing the term “child abuse” is dangerous

25 Aug 09 If you took the kids to McDonald’s on the weekend then brace yourself: you may just have landed yourself in…... Read more

Pregnancy has become a competitive sport

Pregnancy has become a competitive sport

12 Aug 09 Of the sixty-eight squillion pieces of advice doled out to pregnant women, perhaps the most useless is the message to…... Read more

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