Starting a PhD 3

Tweet Following completion of my honours year in 2012, I applied for and received admission to a PhD program at the University of Wollongong, and an Australian Postgraduate Award. I’m looking forward to beginning work on the project, but at this stage it is still in the very early developmental phase so I’m finding it ...

The Human Internet 2

Tweet The promises of new technologies and new ways of using technology seem to matter little in their practical application. Where the much-vaunted Web 2.0 promised to deliver human interaction and collaboration that earlier uses of internet technology did not, we instead got Twitter bots, Facebook privacy hoaxes and cats – lots and lots of ...

Disturbing News for Democracy

Tweet As you read this post, please bear in mind that I am certainly not a Greens supporter. If you want to read about my political convictions, check out this post. I am fundamentally disturbed at suggestions the Federal Government may have authorised or participated in the covert surveillance on a member of the Federal ...

Cartel Parties in Australia’s Democracy

Tweet Democracy is notoriously difficult to define, but any serious conception always includes power being somehow vested with the people. And yet in countries that would be considered democratic, the power mostly seems to stick with certain elite groups. These groups have privileged access to the media and that usually enforces their success in elections. ...

ARL vs NRL

Tweet I just received this email from someone who often sends me these kinds of emails. Many of them are funny. They brighten your day up. But, then, many are just like this one. Have a read of it and see my comments at the bottom. 36 have been accused of spouse abuse  7 have been arrested ...