Redefining the Mainstream: Local Government, Inclusive Communities

The Second National Conference on Reconciliation, Multiculturalism, Immigration and Human Rights


Esther Anatolitis
WogLife Site Developer, www. wog. com. au, Melbourne

Calling Each Other Wogs and Getting Away with it: WogLife's Growing Online Community

WogLife is the online space for Australia's wog community. It contains articles and discussion on social, political, humorous and current affairs issues, in a format which attracts a younger audience and gives them the opportunity to express views that may not otherwise find a outlet or an appropriate forum. The site came into being in July 2000 and now delivers some 450, 000 page views per month to over 3, 500 regular users.

The creators of WogLife were responding to their perception that while multicultural Australia had plenty to say, existing communities tended to keep their discussions and concerns to within their own ethnic or cultural group. For the older generation this remains largely due to the language barrier, however a problematic insularity is clearly being handed down to the younger members of the wog community. The various multicultural media are committed to delivering newspaper, television and radio content in the preferred language of the target community. However, while this has the effect of keeping the languages and the diversity alive, it also limits the range of discussion themes to the concerns of the particular ethnic group, and precludes interaction and cross-fertilisation between groups.

The Site Developer's presentation today will give a brief history of WogLife's online community building, give a demonstration of a typical interaction with the site, describe the kinds of online and offline community interactions to which the WogLife has given rise, and point to some future directions for the group - as well as giving some indication of what a "wog community" might be. The presentation will be in the form of a Socratic-style debate, making participants feel as though they were involved in a WogLife discussion on issues such as race, religion, cultural diversity, and fast cars.

Esther Anatolitis has been a regular WogLife writer and contributor for a year, and has served as Site Developer since September 2001. She has an honours degree in Philosophy and is a postgraduate member of the Bauhaus Kolleg. WogLife has given Esther a clearer perspective on what it means to be Australian, on the various and insidious forms of racism, and on the diversity and vibrancy of the Australian wog communities.

Presentation Type
60min. Workshop

Equipment Requirements:
Data Projector


Deakin Woolstores Campus, Geelong Waterfront
30 November - 1 December 2001