Big Brother is Watching You

In the morning, an alarm on my phone wakes me up. I go to the gym, scanning a little chip to let me in at the door. I listen my suggested tracks on Spotify. For lunch, I Google recipes and when I do my groceries, I scan my Visa PayWave and Everyday Rewards Card. IContinue reading “Big Brother is Watching You”

Not That Kind of Sock Puppet

When I first heard the words “Sock Puppets” this week, my naive, somewhat blasé mind  admittedly conjured up images similar to those seen above. But unfortunately it’s a wild old wired world on that web, and in this case, we’re dealing with something much more alarming. Sock Puppets are false online identities that are used toContinue reading “Not That Kind of Sock Puppet”

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?”

‘Unaccountable Monkeys With Typewriters”

A while back, I wrote about Citizen Journalism, and its prevalence during the natural disaster of Cyclone Debbie. Increasingly, we are seeing everyday members of society taking to social media to report a first hand account of the world around us – and increasingly we, as media consumers, are turning to this as a sourceContinue reading “‘Unaccountable Monkeys With Typewriters””

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?”