Right, so now the holiday has ended. It is the first week of school as we speak.

 It has been a rather hard to describe winter break. There’s, of course, the events that made it more interesting such as the A-W-E-S-O-M-E trip to the Grampians with the Labsome kids and staff members (Brrrr, the pinnacle & flat rock and the lack of mobile phone reception anywhere cept on the highest peaks).
And then there’s the lovely weather (which has just caused some minor hailstones yesterday, strengthening my belief of the usefulness of The Age’s “feels like:” temperature), dropping down to a “feels like” temperature of about 1.6 some mornings.
Of course, there’s also people(FRIENDS!) coming down to visit and telling me how lucky I am to be in Melbourne instead of where-ever they are studying in at the moment (aka Perth, Woollongong & Brissy – I hear you people). Fact is, I do really like Melbourne already.

But that is that, the holiday has come to an end. It’s back to 14 weeks of intensive writing, reading, slogging, dying-over-my-work-and-waking-from-death-again because I need to get the thesis done up nicely by the 21st of October. Caffine, well-wishes and advice are much appreciate over this period.

Good luck, whoever reading this.

Over and out.


It’s finally happened. After years of ill-treatment and being tossed around, I think R I S K is finally giving up. Not much else to be said but there were sweet, good memories of it, and with it; and I think it’s about time really. I don’t intend to get it repaired and I think it might just be for the better.

Goodbye old friend. You’ll be missed.


OUT!

20Jun07

Will be at the Grampians from thursday (21st) onwards. Won’t be back till sunday.


At long last!

14Jun07

    After weeks and weeks of slogging over the design of the Transient Spaces documentary website, I declare it OPEN!

Click here to see it.

It has been a tedious task for me: emailing and calling potential interviewees, working on the design and layout of the website, trying to understand the notion of community and the actual ‘Fair Trade Community’ itself and fretting over the very structure and content of the website. Now with all that uploaded and submitted, I have set my sights on… THE GRAMPIANS.

P.S. please leave me some comments regarding the website. would be nice to know what you think.


An article I picked up from the library’s e-database has that title on and I think it takes two very interesting concepts to explain and reflect upon the notions of communities on the Internet now.

Too often we’ve been reading off Anderson’s Imagined Communities or Rheingold’s Virtual Community but sometimes you ought to take a more critical approach to the theories themselves. Theory remains an attempt in describing the practical, I’d say.  And by being an attempt, there are instances where they just fall short of giving you the complete picture.

Maybe I’m being cynical.


There’s this certain thing about communities. Maybe it’s because of work.

I am currently working on my Communication Revolutions essay, in which I will be examining and describing the Internet, with a special focus on the use of  social softwares and community sites such as  Friendster,  MySpace, Face Book etc..  I got drawn into the thought of looking of the masses as communities, and how these are working in shaping the Internet and how it is, or is not, comprising ‘communication revolutions’. That in itself is not easy as it seems. Being the ill-disciplined thinker as I am, I jump onto new ideas VERY quickly, and get excited with these new thoughts. And then I think about it alot, juggling it between notions of right and wrong (or rather, how I would argue it). Communities, are they something that the Internet has made visible (read: Imagined Communities)? or are social softwares a new sort of community all together?

And then there is the Transient Spaces online documentary, which I would actually love to take it a step further if we were given much more time to work on the content. A long-term observation, if you would like to call it, but I would say that being more involved with the communities (like participating, getting to know the people) would some how yield a different end product to what most of us are thinking, structuring and producing by deadline. I can’t really tell which role is better to undertake, that of the participant (more involved, and probably more biased); or that of the observer (neutral but lacking in understanding).

So which role are YOU taking? tell me about it.

I have a meeting set up with the representative of the City of Yarra Council on Wednesday morning at Fitzroy Town Hall. Wish me luck 🙂

K.


Who will own the news? Journalists, the new dinosaurs? « The rolling people

megalodreamer has written a very interesting article about the impact of blogs on the profession of journalism as well as the spreading of the commoner’s word that is easily attainable now with the use of the Internet.

His entry brings forth certain issues that remains highly entertaining and debatable.

Mainly, the issue of citizen journalism. While I would not say that most people out on the streets (every other you and me) could write better than most journalists, what used to set these two groups apart was the fact that the journalists were empowered. They had the access to publishing their writing to hundreds of thousands, maybe even millions. Now, with the popularisation of blogs, these are achieveable by anyone (although I would not argue that it is the same as publishing, there are other issues involved such as web traffic, credibility, etc. etc.) The providing of opinions and arguments based on the individual now, instead of a  social institution (such as a newspaper), are less filtered/ highly differing/ more passionate – and perhaps more honest.

— to be honest, I dont even know if that’s what we want or need in the long run. Is credibility going to be an issue?

Is there a way for the journalist and the citizen journalist to co-exist?

I think so, just can’t be too sure. You can be sure I keep my eyes on this one.