About** Currently employed at Griffith University as a sessional (adjunct) academic. **
I am an independent scholar, educator, trainer/assessor in the areas of Digital Media, Communication, and Computer History.
My fields of interest include:
media ecology, internet studies, computer history, internet history, digital methods, software studies.
I have been a sessional academic from 2001 to the present.
During that time I have delivered teaching to all levels of undergraduate and postgraduate coursework, both on-campus and via distance education.
I am also a qualified Vocational and Workplace Trainer/Assessor.
If you are interested in any of the themes or ideas presented here on this page please feel free to contact me.
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Current Research themes include: Computer History
Media Ecology meets Digital Media
- The History of the Commodore Amiga in Australia.
The history of the Amiga series of personal computers (mid-1980s to 1990s) as part of the trajectory of Commodore International Ltd. in Australia.
- Unearthing the #Auscene: Australia’s Demoscene(s).
In parallel with the previous theme – the history of the creative-computing communities associated with early personal micro-computers in Australia. They are known specifically as the demoscene.
- “Outraging Ourselves to Death” –
Neil Postman’s classic media ecology work “Amusing Ourselves to Death” (1985) examined the media environment of television and its influence on popular culture in 1980s America. Updating Postman’s analysis for the media environment of the 21st Century Lance Strate observes that citizens are “Amazing Ourselves to Death” (Strate, 2014).
My own observation is that in our current media environment many denizens have been primed to be in a state of perpetual outrage, sustaining a low-level of hostility and defensiveness at all times. People are beginning to experience serious negative health consequences as a result of their involvement with the 21st-century media milieu.
- “The Software-Defined-Media Ecosystem” –
Extending concepts from North American Media Ecology to make sense of the contemporary media environment.
All media are now defined through software as part of an ecosystem of computational devices. #SoftwareDefinedMedia
- “There are No Ecologies” –
A reaction to the use of “ecologies” in humanities discourse. “Ecology” is not a unit of measurement. In scientific Ecology the unit of measurement for a complex dynamic system is “Ecosystem” (or population, community, biome, etc).
- Applying “digital methods” approaches to Media Ecology research.
- “Internet Self-Defense” – personal privacy and harm-minimisation for everyday citizens.
Upcoming Talks and ConferencesUPCOMING PRESENTATIONS:
nil so far. PAST CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS:
- 2017-10 “More than a Metaphor: The Software-Defined Media Ecosystem”. Freshlines Symposium 2017, Griffith University, Brisbane.
- 2017-07 “More than a Metaphor: Introducing the Software-Defined-Media Ecosystem”. ANZCA17 University of Sydney.
- 2014-06 “Unearthing the Auscene”. Born Digital and Cultural Heritage conference. ACMI, Melbourne.
- 2012-11 “Demoscene: Art from Algorithms”. CODE conference. Swinburne University, Melbourne.
- 2012-09 “The Australian Demoscene as a Creative Community”. Creative Communities 3, Gold Coast.
- 2006-10 “Internetwork Ecology”. Association of Internet Researchers: IR7, Brisbane.
- 2006-07 “Media Ecology and the Internet”. School of Arts in-house work-in-progress seminar series, Griffith University.
- 2003-07 “Military-Entertainment Complex”. Fibreculture 3: FibrePower, Powerhouse Brisbane.
- 2002-03 “Virtuality and Online/Offline Life”. School of Arts in-house seminar series, Griffith University.