A galaxy far, far away from Lucasfilm

Let's talk about a fancy old French word that previously meant nothing to me. Ahhh academia. Detournement; a way of subverting mass media’s hegemonic dominance over the meaning of cultural symbols by turning them against themselves for the purpose of discourse, dissent or criticism. Or in human words; transforming and developing images, sounds and ideas... Continue Reading →


Death to ipads

Mobile Reporter Ahh the ol' live Facebook (do have a look at the link below). Despite my age and proficiency with email, I am certainly not a digital native. This made the mobile reporter role rather testing. In this position, you're required to complete the live interview and in some cases shoot and edit a... Continue Reading →

A /r/Place of collective intelligence

When I've talked about collective intelligence in the past, it's usually about how the internet is decentralising information systems and connecting individuals who, through open sources and sharing, add to the pool of knowledge and debate. It is often linked to the transitioning structure of society and information technologies and developing online networks. But it doesn't... Continue Reading →

More than a pretty picture

Data Journalism & Visualisation Despite my greatest efforts, I simply can't get the proper version of this graphic to embed in WordPress. Like the rest of this week, this post began with high hopes, followed by frustration and an end result that makes you go...eh (shrugs shoulders). Data journalism and visualisation is all about taking stories... Continue Reading →

Sneaking past gatekeepers

The amount is debatable. Whenever I try to explain anything about 'old media' problems, I always turn to Anchorman. This satirical film thrives on issues like sexism, partisan media, newsworthiness and news as a constructed commodity. These last two have significant bearing on the transition from a centralised concept of media and information to one... Continue Reading →

Road trips & leadership

UOWTV Multimedia is a wondrous and devastating thing. The master, Shawn Burns, crafted 'Newsroom' (aka JRNL303) around the principles of UOWTV Multimedia; a social-first, collaborative newsroom, combining storytelling with the practical skills of news sourcing, sharing, and content creation. In the spirit of multi-platform curation, I'll be reflecting on the 2017 Newsroom/UOWTV Multimedia experience, sharing my... Continue Reading →

That’s what gets results!

Above is what might be termed Vaporwave, a musical genre that emerged on the net around 2010. It was originally an ode to digital and musical subcultures from the '80s and '90s with a focus on jazzy-electronica elevator music and a satirical message about art in modern consumerist culture (hence the Shuttershock image). As the genre... Continue Reading →

The MEME-dium is the message

Today was illuminating. After reading Mark Federman's explanation of Marshall McLuhan's concept, I thought I had the whole medium-message paradigm down. Every conveyed idea is shared through a medium How and where ideas are expressed - spoken language, written language, digital mediums, landscapes, buildings - has an impact on the idea. This isn't always apparent but ALWAYS... Continue Reading →

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