Meme Streets: Overcoming the Virus

Tweet Why rethinking memes might help inoculate against the viral marketing disease. A meme is rather like pornography — you don’t necessarily know what it is but you know it when you see it. And yet, it is possible to set out some general descriptions of the kinds of meme that circulate online and upon which business ...

A PhD Post to Keep Me on Track

A PhD Post to Keep Me on Track
Tweet It’s been some time since I’ve written about my PhD – I’ve been far to busy actually writing it instead (and teaching). In that time, the whole concept has shifted quite a bit – somewhat under its own weight and somewhat due to my own interests. This is a ‘catch-up’ post, partly to keep ...

What Matters? For the Love of Humanity (and Game of Thrones)

Tweet An essay formerly known as ‘How to say “sophomoric wankery” in High Valyrian.’ I once wrote a thinkpiece that clumsily linked an obscure theory of philosophy with the fantasy worlds created by George RR Martin and his contemporaries. Old Valyria (source) I was pleasantly surprised by the relatively high readership of that piece, due in ...

Why Undergraduate Degrees are More Like Buying a Car than a House

Tweet There is a clear pattern of thinking about the value of higher education in purely economic terms. Questions about how much graduates earn dominate mass media discussion of the industry (1, 2, 3) while university marketers talk almost endlessly about employability (4, 5, 6). Meanwhile, academics themselves squabble about higher purposes. The mismatch in ...

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) ...

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 ...