So how many people do you know are fast approaching their 40th birthday, play a sport where they wear ballet shoes and a lycra body suit, and are on the verge of making their first Olympic games in that sport after taking it up barely two years ago? Derryn Harrison is not your average person.… [more]
Bits & pieces of my writing efforts from over the years. Some good, some bad, and the rest... Well, I needed somewhere to put them.
The advent of mass communication has had a profound impact on the modes of experience and patterns of interaction characteristic of modern societies. For most people today, the knowledge we have of events that take place beyond our immediate social milieu is a knowledge largely derived from our reception of mass-mediated symbolic forms (Thompson, 1990:… [more]
“The second pre eminent theme in Australian thinking about the use of communication is the extent to which it has been viewed as a form of control.” While concern in Australia about communication and control had been evident from federation, with the Commonwealth government taking responsibility for posts and telegraphs and the new technology of… [more]
On the morning of September 11, 2001, I lost a friend. Mark Bingham was one of the passengers on United Airlines Flight 93 that crashed in a field in Pennsylvania. He was one of the passengers believed to have thwarted the hijackers attempts to crash the plane into a Washington government building, possibly the White… [more]