Big Data and the big march toward our dystopian future

Masses of information are being uploaded to the internet on a daily basis. Previously the term big data was reserved for astronomers and scientists collecting petabytes and exabytes of data for analysis. Which is an obviously an unwieldy yet important task. Now social media sites are being voluntarily flooded with data by users. Due to … More Big Data and the big march toward our dystopian future

What does your EXIF data say about you?

The current age of publishing photographs online is an interesting one, the carefree sharing of snapshots of our personal lives and self-portraits seems strangely unquestioned. It is common for me to edit photographs that I publish online, and of course to be selective about what words I publish online. But I don’t often think about … More What does your EXIF data say about you?

How homophily, internet affordances and the ubiquity of flawed reporting necessitates responsibility

Brevity is the soul of wit, but the torpidity of wisdom A side effect of the blisteringly fast 24hour news cycle is the trade-off between the efficiency of turnaround, or of the message, and the amount of detail and content that you can publish. Evidently certain topics deserve a thorough analysis, yet not all platforms … More How homophily, internet affordances and the ubiquity of flawed reporting necessitates responsibility

Pernicious authoritarianism disguised as compassion

The following topics—and related topics—are ones which I wish to continue writing about and I doubt that I could encompass in one article. In this piece I will critique the ideological, political, and social notion that inequality between groups can, or should, be tackled through identity politics. My primary assertion is that: identity politics is … More Pernicious authoritarianism disguised as compassion

On transgender identity

Recently this video published on Facebook featured members of the South Australian Transgender community making some interesting statements about their gender identity. The video was published for ‘International Transgender Day of Visibility 2017.’ I felt the need to respond to a number of claims made in the video, especially as it becomes clear that the video’s main … More On transgender identity

Writing style and how it has changed in 21st century online environments

The purpose of writing and communicating is to exchange or express ideas. Whether through academic writing or creative storytelling a documents sense of style is just as important as its subject matter. The style is what makes it effective, and it is what conveys the information in an appealing way. This essay looks at what … More Writing style and how it has changed in 21st century online environments

Narratives: reality, realism, and persuasion

Considering how realism is constructed in narratives is important in identifying how they persuade and how they might represent reality. This essay focuses on the theoretical approach narratology, which is the study of ‘how narratives make meaning’ (Barry 2009, p. 214). What follows is a comparison and analysis of some different styles of narrative, such … More Narratives: reality, realism, and persuasion