How we’ll react to life beyond Earth

Tweet In 2016, we moved beyond the Fermi paradox and the great filter theory. This is how the world reacted when we uncovered definitive proof of intelligent life beyond Earth. Some favourite aliens Day 1: A NASA employee, probably the PR intern, leaked the news well before the press conference and we variously frothed at the ...

The Objects of Westeros

Tweet The worlds of fantasy fiction are full of important objects, and they deserve a little more scrutiny. From the maps printed at the front of epic fantasy novels and used by characters to famous swords and the eponymous Rings of J.R.R. Tolkein’s work, the objects of fantasy worlds are as much drivers of the ...

Fit for Bodily Surveillance

Fit for Bodily Surveillance
Tweet The description of new media technologies as being screen-based is increasingly problematic as bodily tracking devices like fitness trackers become more common. And yet, it is hard to think of these devices as anything but media objects. While they are rather obviously reliant on mobile phones, they also mediate (ie, get in the middle) ...

Fit for Bodily Surveillance

Tweet The description of new media technologies as being screen-based is increasingly problematic as bodily tracking devices like fitness trackers become more common. And yet, it is hard to think of these devices as anything but media objects. While they are rather obviously reliant on mobile phones, they also mediate (ie, get in the middle) ...

On Writing, Style and Terror in Sydney

On Writing, Style and Terror in Sydney
Tweet Whatever its sophistication, style has always something crude about it: it is a form with no clear destination, the product of a thrust, not an intention, and, as it were, a vertical and lonely dimension of thought. — Roland Barthes, Writing Degree Zero Whatever might be said about the impact upon Australia from this week’s siege ...

On Writing, Style and Terror in Sydney

Tweet The Daily Telegraph’s 2pm edition as the siege unfolded. Whatever its sophistication, style has always something crude about it: it is a form with no clear destination, the product of a thrust, not an intention, and, as it were, a vertical and lonely dimension of thought. — Roland Barthes, Writing Degree Zero Whatever might be said ...

Fairfax. What is it good for? Absolutely Nothing

Tweet I’d like to say I’m unsurprised that the two local Fairfax papers in the Southern Highlands/Tablelands have failed to cover a massive local story that will come to the point of no return tonight, but I’m not. Tweet

#CSAA14 by the numbers

#CSAA14 by the numbers
Tweet I was at the Cultural Studies Association of Australasia (CSAA) annual conference last week, which gathered around the hashtag #CSAA14 on Twitter. Tweet

Off to the District Conference

Tweet Southern Highlands Rotaractors will be joining Rotarians and Rotaractors from over 100 clubs at the District Conference in Canberra this month. Alongside the conference events, there will be a special Rotaract Laser Tag night. It will be a great chance to catch up with old friends and make lots of new ones while hearing ...

At the movies…

Tweet This post first appeared on the Media, Audience, Place Hub blog. (Or, more precisely, “getting to the movies”, but I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to drag David and Margaret into it!) This week, students in BCM240 are asked to consider their experiences of going to the movies and think about things they might not ...