Where I’ve Been Writing Lately

Tweet I kind of hate the idea of writers returning to their sites after a layoff with a comment apologising for not posting lately. Let me make it clear I’m not doing that, but pointing out I have been writing, just not here. Over at Medium, here are the posts I’ve written since late December ...

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