Tipping the balance on Climate Change

The media coverage of climate change news and events is either portrayed as an apocalyptic threat to modern society that needs to be addressed immediately (else we burn), or a spoof circulated by… Continue reading

No one panic, I think the media are obsessed with sex

Melinda Tankard Reist wrote in last months SMH “ever feel like you’re living in a giant porn theme park?” My own answer can only be… sometimes, yeah ok point conceded. However it is important… Continue reading

Links between policy and cultural identity

A countries policy and legislation can be seen to reflect its underlying cultural values, fundamentally prescribing statements of intent about the best way to manage resources, events people and challenges. If we apply this… Continue reading

Wheres my data? Thats right i left it in the garden… the one with the really big walls

Often than not, we intentionally give our personal data, to mega giants of the Internet such as google and Facebook…and why not? They provide us with entertainment and information. What do we care… Continue reading

Great snakes!! Apparently I need a new day job Snowy

Being a bit of a nerd, when I think of traditional modes of journalism, I think of Steve Larsons’ Michael Blomkvist from ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ series, Superman’s beautiful yet highly… Continue reading

Universities: The Digital Age vs the Enlightenment

Universities…. those wonderful, magical places of learning and development, where thousands of pimply faced teenagers are pumped through the academic machine, cocooned within the walls of knowledge, logic and truth, only to be… Continue reading

Disability and the Digital Divide

Life Matters

The ability to use ICT’s has become the indispensable gammar of modern life (Wills 1999); from sending text messages, navigating facebook and even watching T.V have become routine, mundane activities that our media saturated societies have come to take for granted. However the trouble is that these complex websites and applications are riddled with issues that can completely hinder access of people with a disability. The introduction of new technologies always sees people with disabilities overlooked, omitted, neglected and forgotten. So much so that Natasha Mitch sums it up when stating that excluding disabled people for emerging technologies is “the equivalent of forgetting to build a wheel chair ramp on ABC’s, Life Matters program. 

 

The digital divide can be defined as the gap between individuals, households, geographic areas, and countries in regard to their access to ITCs. However when most people consider the digital divide, we are often  effected by a temporary short of tunnel vision that brings to mind a rural, third world country family without access to an internet connection or computer. We do not at first recognise that it exists within our own immediate environments. However the digital divide is multi-dimensional and occurs across many levels of social inclusion or exclusion. According to Norris (2001) these include 1) the global divide pertaining to the gap between industrialised and developing nations; 2) the social divide which refers to the disparity that exists among the population with a nation; and 3) a demographic divide which points to a gap between the individuals who use and do not use ICT’s to participate in public life.

Geolocative Media: new ways of exploring landscapes

One of the many fascinating aspects of recent geolocative and convergence media technologies that has caused waves amongst media academics and enthusiasts alike, is the constant tension between the virtual and the actual… Continue reading

Introductions please…

In the iconic but ever so slightly annoying words of starter wordpress blogs with absolutely no idea what to say everywhere, Hello world!!! I am glad that I finally get to meet you.… Continue reading