my stuff

This is where I put posts related to my own thoughts and research

  • Being woke; or identity politics destroys my mind, pt.2 So a few things have happened lately that have bought my issues with identity politics back to my mind. First, I had a student complain that I used the N-word in a lecture. Second, the UWA student guild made a motion to stop the Dalai Lama (or his representatives) from speaking on campus, because it might offend ...
  • The video of Iranian women sneaking in to watch a football match made my day I loved seeing this story last night about 5 Iranian women dressing up like men to sneak in to a football ground and watch their team win the league. It tickled me for a number of reasons. First, it reminded me of this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ffwFXGPRDu4 While I’m generally all for respecting regional custom and law, the prohibition of women ...
  • This page has nothing to do with TAL insurance. Let me tell you why insurance is a con So Tauel is a strage word and not one that I hear a lot. Imagine my surprise when I heard this TVC for TAL : https://youtu.be/u04QD16crVM Nothing not to love here, right? I dig the Sia cover, the diversity of ‘Australianness’ represented, some beautiful shots and I can also see the clever messaging of starting with young ...
  • On time and drumming with Taylor Hawkins So I went to watch the Foo Fighters on the weekend and had a few moments when I achieved a philosophical appreciation for the excellent drumming of Taylor Hawkins. Taylor Hawkins – according to Dave Grohl ‘The answer to the question – “What if Freddy Mercury had a surfboard”? – is one of the better drummers ...
  • Been gone a while It has been some time since my last post. Partly this is because I’ve had no immediate teaching reason to be playing around with web design, partly this is because I haven’t had much spare time of late but MOSTLY this is because the last time I wrote a post (about the inherent corruption of ...
  • The Upcoming British Election I’m going to write a proper post soon – hopefully even later today – but in the meantime I loved this piece of Pie. https://youtu.be/0M91g4OlGEY
  • Identity politics destroys my mind Recently there was a social media uproar (read: twitter shitstorm) about the fact that the Glastonbury headliners for 2017 are all white males – Radiohead, Foo Fighters and Ed Sheeran. People are up in arms about the fact that this doesn’t represent the true diversity of the music world… I am less sure about condemning ...
  • Introduction: Why a website? This year I’ve started teaching a masters unit in digital media for strategic communciation. I have a massive research interest in the are having written a number of books and academic articles on the issue. However, in order to bring real insight to my teaching and research I thought I ought to re-engage with the ...
  • Zombies and Smart Phones My next book is going to be about critical theory, the internet and smart phones but I intend to also make it about Zombies.   I’ve always been fascinated by Zombie narratives and I’ve made it a bit of a tradition to immerse myself in Zombie films as I grade papers every semester. I enjoy the tropes ...