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Thought Bubble

Thoughts on Anzac Day

I spent today mostly with my daughter and in doing so could not have felt any more far removed from war, despite being surrounded and bombarded by its imagery for a number of weeks. I’ve seen ANZAC Day conflated with everything from supermarkets to fitness regimes. It’s gone beyond something I can ever relate to […]

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Critique Innovation Reactive Ideas Thought Bubble

Innovation and the Novelty Factory

My ears and eyes seem to have been bombarded by one word so often over the last couple of weeks that I’m now developing something akin to shell shock. A nervous tick here, a Tourette-esque outburst there, a cringe and a cry, a bewildered look in my eyes and a wanton desire to disconnect and […]

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Critique Opinion Reactive Ideas Thought Bubble

The Value of Exploitation

At the core of our societal structures, economic and political systems is exploitation. Exploitation creates value in the most simplistic way by imposing a basic deficit model – I have, you do not. Exploitation is systematic unfairness. It divides and separates people. It motivates the worst aspects of our human nature and utilises our innate […]

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Opinion Reactive Ideas Reclaim Technology Thought Bubble

The Enclosure of the Web

It’s been a dark time in Australia when it comes to our lives in digital spaces. Both sides of government voted to instate draconian, opaque and dangerous new legislation to increase surveillance. They have traded the people’s freedom and right to privacy for “increased national security” – a term I am yet to understand. Now […]

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Ideas Opinion Reactive Ideas Thought Bubble

Reactive Ideas

The next three posts that will appear on the blog have been worked on concurrently for the past couple of weeks. They started as ideas and thoughts that grew out of what I saw and felt was happening around me. They’ve lived in draft form since their inception, not quite finished enough to let out […]

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Ideas Thought Bubble

Abstraction

Abstraction is changing the way something is represented in order to move it beyond its constraints. This is perhaps best represented by the abstraction of oral language into written form. This abstraction frees language from the constraints of the spoken word – in particular the physical and temporal. It’s why we can read the words […]

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Ideas Opinion Thought Bubble

Silence and Free Speech

There’s a false argument that’s been floating around the concept of free speech for some time. Over the last couple of months I’ve taken an interest in it to attempt to understand what it is that’s really going on. The argument itself pits Free Speech on one side and Offence or Decency on the other. […]

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Technology Thought Bubble

Digital Mediation – Living in the Digital Age

For some time I’ve been thinking about the current dichotomy that frames modern technology. The attempt to split and compartmentalise “real life” as distinct from the “virtual” – Analogue vs Digital. The reason why I’ve struggled with this concept is because for me that divide has collapsed to the point that it no longer exists. […]

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EdTech Education Opinion Thought Bubble

The Failure to Disrupt or Innovate in Education

Below is the genesis of my last assignment for my Graduate Certificate in University Leadership & Management. It’s based on some scribbled notes and it has quite a cynical tone – which does get watered down in the final piece. In the final work I was much more solution focussed and quite optimistic but this, […]

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Education Ideas Opinion Thought Bubble

The “Older Academic” Trope

I was asked today about the wording I used in a tweet last night Older academics aren't the problem <~ no they just fit a narrative that emphasises the erosion of soul http://t.co/luLQ7SnrFq from @KateMfD — Tim Klapdor (@timklapdor) September 10, 2014 Firstly I agree with Kate’s article 100% – older academics are not the […]