Jim Belshaw is tired of our present obsession with this topic, and as you can see if you visit him I have given him three hearty cheers.
Over on the Gateway I have been documenting the interest in my latest page on the nudie kiddie phenomenon, which continues — though with signs of abating. Here is the latest count for Ninglun’s Specials:
Sequel: Art Monthly Australia July 2008 776 views, in this case since 6 July 2008. By 8.00pm: 856 views.
Redirect to The great Surry Hills Book Clearance of 2005 457 views, mostly in April 2008 when I reconfigured Ninglun’s Specials/Floating Life Sans Words. I think I may delete that page now… [done]
The Bard, a Rabbit, and Ninglun 299 since 8 April 2008. It used to get a lot of attention in its former home too. No change at 8.00pm.
Sydney: World Youth Day 2008 fashion 292 — this tongue-in-cheek entry, though serious about the silly NSW special law, has been going since 6 July 2008. 303 by 8.00pm.
Family stories 3 — About the Whitfields 278 since 3 April 2008 — also got attention in its earlier home. No change at 8.00pm.
10. But is it art? Responses to the Bill Henson controversy 276 views since 29 May 2008 — this consolidates some three posts from that week. 283 by 8.00pm.
Here we find:
Kevin Rudd as art critic has had 280 views since posting on 25 May, but other posts have had more attention. 282 by 8.00pm.
It really is very strange, some of this.
I have to admit that one site that came my way recently through these issues is worth following:
Defence for Children International
Even though it came up in reference to the latest Art Monthly Australia issue in a news report yesterday — see my updates to yesterday’s post and to Sequel: Art Monthly Australia July 2008 — I think you will find the matters raised by DCI rather overshadow our present outbreak of panic here in Oz.
There is also an Australian Branch of DCI.