Finding a communication career in space through the SHSSP

Finding a communication career in space through the SHSSP
Tweet Australian higher education has arrived at a crossroads. The Government has set a policy direction which largely de-funds the humanities, including the field of Communication, in which I have thus far made my career. Additionally, the field appears imperilled by Ministerial interventions into research funding determinations, decisions taken by University managements in response to ...

Make your own Reload with EZ Proxy Bookmark

Tweet If you’ve ever found yourself unable to access a journal article locked behind a paywall, either off or on campus, this tip will help you easily get through any journal or database to which your institution subscribes on your behalf if they use EZ Proxy. Google Chrome Click the hamburger/options button on your browser ...

‘They’ll Never Stop The Simpsons’

'They'll Never Stop The Simpsons'
Tweet Travis Holland, Charles Sturt University Matt Groening, the creator of The Simpsons, will speak at the Sydney Opera House this weekend on the secrets of the show. Now in its 28th season, The Simpsons is one of the mostly widely lauded, and enduring series in TV history. But has it peaked creatively? Is it ...

Media Studies and the Struggle for Relevance

Tweet I’m increasingly annoyed with media studies— a field I’ve devoted years to — and this is why. My plea for interventionist academics. My colleague Rob Carr (an historian) suggested on Facebook today that academics need to ask “how is my research going to benefit society, and will it benefit society as much as another research topic?” ...

A Capital On the Highlands

Tweet Canberra, by Brendan Ashton on Flickr On Wednesday March 1, 1899, the town of Bowral and it’s neighbours in the Southern Highlands joined other contenders hoping to become Australia’s capital city. Moss Vale-based newspaper The Scrutineer records that “there was fairly good attendance, between 40 and 50 gentlemen being present, including residents of Mittagong, Bowral, ...

Cows, Kangaroos and Deer, Oh My

Tweet Cows at Small Cow Farm, pic from Tourism Australia. I’ve never had a lot to do with cows, except for a rangy herd that lived on my cousin’s property when I was a kid. But they were mostly to be avoided, if considered at all. I now live in a fairly quotidian suburb, quite ...

Why I Won’t Use TurnItIn to Check My PhD Thesis

Tweet ‘A Belgian Politician’, by Flickr user Phillipe Put, illustrates a well-known Belgian plagiarism case I’m in the latter stages of preparing my PhD thesis for submission, and I’ve been told I have to submit the whole thesis through plagiarism-detection software turnitin. But I’m not intending to do that, and here’s why. Firstly, I received ...

Moving from Scrivener to Google Docs for Thesis Writing

Moving from Scrivener to Google Docs for Thesis Writing
Tweet I’ve largely been using the very excellent Scrivener for my PhD thesis writing over the last few years. It’s a tool that makes a lot of sense for many types of workflows, including mine up until this point. Tweet

Springfield, A Hell of a Place

Tweet Springfield, Springfield,it’s a hell of a town.The schoolyard’s upand the shopping mall’s down— Bart and Milhouse (Boy-Scoutz ‘n the Hood) Springfield, as seen in The Simpsons Movie. (image copyright Fox) The town of Springfield, USA, is one of the most recognisable fictional places ever created. Alongside the cavalcade of characters, Springfield has everything it ...

Saving Your Voice or Saving Theirs?

Tweet Four of Australia’s regional television networks are urging viewers to campaign for changes to Australian media ownership laws which restrict their market penetration and dominance but they won’t come clean with audiences on what the changes could mean. The networks — Prime, WIN, Imparja and Southern Cross Austereo — feel imperiled by new media players including streaming apps ...