The Conscience of a Hacker

“Hacking”, as defined by Techopedia, is the “unauthorised intrusion into a computer or a network”. Personally, in the past, the insinuation of the word carried very negative connotations, and was certainly lacking any consideration regarding ethics. Which is why I was fascinated to learn about the “The Hackers Manifesto By The Mentor”, which was “one ofContinue reading “The Conscience of a Hacker”

WordPress™ (for dummies)

What has worked. What has not. What the heck?  (& Where to from here…) Writing in the public space is something that, prior to University, I had seldom practiced. There is something very daunting about publishing your own work for literally anyone on the internet to read, and it has taken me quite a bitContinue reading “WordPress™ (for dummies)”

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?”

Abstraction in Action

This week in class we explored the notion of abstracting an idea from a photograph into instructions for recreating the same aesthetic. What I found particularly interesting about this activity was the way that different people interpreted contrasting aspects of the same photo – which when taken over a sequence produced a unique emerging visual.Continue reading “Abstraction in Action”

‘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?”

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?”

The Tale of the Long Tail

  Bad Computer, Mini Skirt and Monkey Grip are three band names which you’ve probably never heard of before. I hadn’t either, until I was looking through the Triple J Unearthed page – a project run by the station Triple J aimed at finding hidden musical talent in Australia. Thanks to the internet, bands just likeContinue reading “The Tale of the Long Tail”

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”