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Friday funny: Our cultural exports


Sam Roggeveen


3 August 2012 15:50

Regular Interpreter contributor Nick Bryant recently penned an exhaustive study of Australia's impressive record of cultural exports for the Griffith Review. Australia is on the march, Nick concludes, and the world is taking notice.

True, but not always for the good, something I was reminded of this week when ABC 7:30 host Leigh Sales interviewed Australian musician Gotye (quick aside: not an interview that would have happened in Kerry O'Brien's days helming the ABC's flagship current affairs show). Gotye's global hit, 'Somebody That I Used to Know', is now so ubiquitous that, by Gotye's own admission, 'I'm some sort of annoying audio presence in people's lives that they'd prefer not to have there — especially if they listen to radio.' Yep, he certainly is: