Reflecting as a Researcher: My Public Writing Journey

“Writing means sharing. It is part of the human condition to want to share things- thoughts, ideas, opinions.” – Paulo Coelho This sentiment is particularly true to my approach as a writer, speaker and more generally, a member of society. I have always enjoyed exchanging ideas and knowledge with those around me, as both a…

Censorship: The Good, The Bad and The Online

We live in a world where more is more. The more digital technology and media platforms on offer, the better. While this development has led to improvements in almost every field imaginable, it has arguably come at a cost. In the current digital age, you would expect free speech to flourish. After all, a rapid…

I Broke the Law: The Forgotten Boundaries

This week I committed a crime… Okay, so it was an accident, and something that almost anyone could be accused of – but still! This week’s task involved photographing someone in a public space, using a mobile device, within viewing distance of a public screen. This itself is completely legal, as there are currently no…

Out of the Mouths of Babes: A cinema experience worth waiting for

“The most wonderful places in the world were not made by architects, but by the people” To me, this quote by influential architect Christopher Alexander embodies the true beauty of the cinema experience. Sure, the comfort of the seats may factor in, or the size of the screen, but these material aspects control very little…

Booking it to the Gate: The Research Proposal

 ‘In what way has media technology changed how we plan our international travel experiences?’ It was the summer of 2014, and instead of migrating to the beach, seventeen-year-old Rhi sat hunched at her computer desk, wading through the contents of countless travel websites. I was planning my European holiday of a lifetime, and there was…

Get Your Facts Straight: The Case for Collaborative Ethnography

“We may lose what we have by keeping it to ourselves”  This quote from Luke Lassiter to me embodies the true inspiration behind collaborative ethnography as a research method. Lassiter describes ethnographic collaboration as a process where the relationship between researchers and participants is “moved to center stage” (Lassiter 2005, p. 16). It is an…

Recollections: Television and the Sting of a Feather Duster

In a living room in Kogarah Bay, back in 1983, seven-year-old Karen throws her arms in a huff, stamping her bare feet on the hideous shag carpet in defiance. She had been caught sneaking her way behind the lounge yet again, desperate to watch a television screening of ET: The Extra-Terrestrial. Whether she wasn’t allowed…

Media Spaces, or Glaikit Makers!?

As I sat down to write this post I felt a surge of classic perfectionist panic…how on Earth am I going to write about a single experience when my whole life has been molded by the interworking of media spaces!? And then I had it- the eureka moment. Maybe MY life had been a flurry…