“Eulola”: An Ethnographic Research Study

It’s a lazy Sunday morning and I’m sitting at the dining table at home. “Eulola”, our family property, located just outside of the sleepy town of Cootamundra, is slowly waking up; the cat is beckoning me for her breakfast; the lambs are bleating to their mothers; the sun is creeping over the back hill andContinue reading ““Eulola”: An Ethnographic Research Study”

Where Do You Draw The Line?

Censorship has an obvious presence in almost all parts of society, particularly media. But when it comes down to your own usage and presence in the wired world, where do you draw your own line?  When I was growing up, I was absolutely infuriated with the fact we were forbidden to watch Home and Away.Continue reading “Where Do You Draw The Line?”

Have You Been Paying Attention?

In today’s digital age, there is no doubt that the usage of smartphones and other internet-enabled devices is becoming a significant source for distraction and disconnect. Last week, I touched on the notion of how we are constantly sharing our attention in class between our tech and our teacher, and quoted Chakraborty (2006), in saying that “MobileContinue reading “Have You Been Paying Attention?”

Say Cheese! Please?

It’s often not possible to be sitting in class at university without a screen in front of you, of some kind. Whether it be laptop, phone or iPad, our attention seems to be constantly shared between our devices and our teachers. According to Chakraborty (2006), “Mobile phones have an intrinsic social impact by the way theContinue reading “Say Cheese! Please?”

I went to the movies, and wrote about it.

Last night, I went to the cinema for the first time in over 6 months.  Four of us went to see “Logan Lucky” and it was great. I think. I have to be honest, I fell asleep about halfway through, but I will definitely put that down to the comfy reclining chairs at the WarrawongContinue reading “I went to the movies, and wrote about it.”

Making Connections

In my last post, I introduced my home in Cootamundra, where I hope to be undertaking some fieldwork research in the upcoming months. Our home is situated about 10 kilometres outside of the township of Cootamundra, which in itself has a humble population of only 7705. The rolling out of the NBN network has beenContinue reading “Making Connections”

Getting Smart About Research

Last week’s blog post was certainly a trip down memory lane, both for myself and my parents. Together we chatted, reminisced, laughed and debated – in space which was very positive and gratifying. Yet while it appeared on the surface I was having a casual chat and catch up with my family, what was happeningContinue reading “Getting Smart About Research”

Square Eyes

It’s 1978 and my parents, both about 13 at the time, sit eagerly in front of their whiz-bang, brand new colour television. Their living rooms are similar – the only television in the house perched in front of a couple of couches and a coffee table. Mum, completely enthralled by the moving colour pixels onContinue reading “Square Eyes”

Thank God for the Telegraph

It’s difficult to think of a feeling more disheartening than someone leaving your cheeky Facebook message on “seen”. Today’s society is commonly characterised with buzz words such as rapid technological advances, globalisation and high-tech industrial progressions. But the advances we are experiencing today are merely a speck when compared with that of the telegraph, whichContinue reading “Thank God for the Telegraph”