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Tim McMinn

Tim McMinn

Tim McMinn trained as an engineer at the University of Western Australia and also holds a Masters of Public Policy from the University of Oxford. He previously worked as a climate change and economic development consultant in London, Perth, and Singapore, and prior to that as a structural engineer. He lives in Sydney and works in public policy.

Tim McMinn reviews 'Saving Time: Discovering a life beyond the clock' by Jenny Odell

May 2023, no. 453 26 April 2023
The Liver King wants your time. Specifically, your time spent on TikTok. Australia has the highest monthly TikTok usage in the world at nearly thirty hours per user, up 26.5 per cent since last year. That time is valuable. According to Suzie Shaw, CEO of We Are Social Australia, TikTok’s unique algorithm (which puts reels, or short videos, in front of the app’s users) provides ‘a great oppo ... (read more)

Tim McMinn reviews 'Russia: Revolution and civil war 1917–1921' by Antony Beevor

November 2022, no. 448 29 September 2022
Armando Iannucci, creator of the darkly comic series Veep and The Thick of It, is surely one of our more perceptive contemporary political observers. While making us laugh or grimace with recognition at the manoeuvrings of his characters, he can also pull us up cold. For example, Iannucci spends most of The Death of Stalin mocking the posturing of the politburo following the tyrant’s death in 19 ... (read more)

Tim McMinn reviews 'Disorder: Hard times in the 21st century' by Helen Thompson

July 2022, no. 444 25 June 2022
‘It’s a media beat-up,’ our Brooklyn Airbnb host assured me as we chatted on the doorstep one sparkling autumn afternoon in early November 2016. ‘They need to make it seem like a contest or there’ll be no story.’ It would have been rude for me, as an outsider, to demur. I bumped into him once more, ashen-faced the following morning, after Pennsylvania had finally swung to Donald J. Tru ... (read more)