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 ...

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

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 ...

Remembering Robin Williams

Remembering Robin Williams
Tweet I’ll leave it to others to honour Robin Williams with words about his genius, skill, impact, and the implications of his death. For me, the news was particularly sad and poignant coming close on the back of the death of Dr Peter Spitzer, founder of the Humour Foundation and the Clown Doctors. Spitzer is ...

Vodafone’s Nightmare Scenario Just the Tip of the Wire

Tweet Vodafone has published a global report on government access to its networks, including data on the number of warrants issued for legal interception of content. The report reveals confirms the existence of direct-access systems that allow agencies to listen in on pretty much any call they want, and for which telcos have no information ...

They All Come Tumbling Down

They All Come Tumbling Down
Tweet Rural and regional journalism in Australia might soon be a lot poorer if suggestions in The Australian of a rout at Fairfax come to pass. The Murdoch daily says Fairfax is considering closure of between 30 and 65 regional and rural papers, including at least six in the Illawarra-South Coast. They include: Illawarra Mercury ...

On #HoldenAd and @WSC_Media 1

On #HoldenAd and @WSC_Media
Tweet Scene: Boardman Rd, Bowral, NSW, Australia. A quiet residential street. Enter: Holden, with location sourcing company Sach Australia, production company Exit Films, Wingecarribee Shire Council and Cato Traffic & Logistics. Tweet

Digital democracy lets you write your own laws

Tweet This article was originally published at The Conversation. By Mark D. Ryan, University of Birmingham and Gurchetan S. Grewal, University of Birmingham True democracy is not just about casting a vote every five years. It means citizens being fully involved in the proposal, development and creation of laws. The Commission on Digital Democracy currently ...

Open Data Does Not Necessarily Mean Open Government

Tweet I’m republishing this piece from The Conversation because I’m interested in these issues and it has some resonance for the way I approach my work on local governments. Tweet