Hello, I’m Mel Campbell, and I’m professionally curious about popular culture. I research and write about film and television, clothing and costume, books and ideas, media and consumer culture, and the wonderful, underrated banalities of everyday life. I’m fascinated by the persistence of the past in the present, and the moments and artefacts we take for granted or leave behind.
Based in Melbourne, Australia, I’m a graduate of RMIT University’s creative advertising program and hold a Master of Arts degree by research in cultural studies from the University of Melbourne. My thesis was entitled Bogan: Exploring Images of Australian Cultural Marginalisation and is archived in the university library. I am relieved that Wikipedia accurately summarises my basic argument about what a bogan is and is not.
However, I have spent my working life as a journalist and editor. You’ll find some of my favourite work on this site. Here’s some more stuff I’ve written for Junkee, Crikey, The Guardian, New Matilda, Spook Magazine, Overland, The Lifted Brow and the Wheeler Centre. Scholarly writing and essays are at my Academia.edu page. And I publish oddments and personal essays at Medium.
I drink vast quantities of tea and enjoy wearing bright and jaunty colours. I am full of ideas and enthusiasm for doing things differently.