38. Typos and Consoles

I ruminate on the perceived authority of print and consider how we define the word ‘computer’ in 2020.


37. New Ways

Often we just do the same old thing—going around in circles. When we do find a new way, we don’t always stop to appreciate how it has affected us. In this episode, I discuss some of my own new ways: mind mapping; using a horribly designed (but useful) app and a different way of using a dining table. Strangely, I also mention a chicken shop.


36. Mapping Entrepreneurial Narratives with Special Guest David Sharpe

This week, I chat with David Sharpe, who is undertaking PhD research into entrepreneurship in the creative industries in Australia (through the University of Wollongong). He is particularly interested in the journeys that entrepreneurs take and the narratives that they create about them. I ask him to explain his background, motivation and process and we compare research experiences.

Find David Online

35. Personas and Pets

For this episode, I explore the concept of persona—just how many people make up the person that is you?—and I discuss my own experience of having furry and feathered companions while working from home.


  • Marshall, P.D. and Barbour, K., 2015, ‘Making Intellectual Room for Persona Studies: a New Consciousness and a Shifted Perspective’, in Persona Studies, Vol. 1, No. 1, pp. 1–12.
  • Smith, S. and Watson, J., 2014, ‘Virtually Me: A Toolbox about Online Self-Presentation’, in A. Poletti and J. Rak (eds), Identity Technologies: Constructing the Self Online, The University of Wisconsin Press, pp. 70–95.
  • LinkedIn post about Rocky, our cockatiel

34. Corporate Identity and the Art of Recapping

This week, I discuss a range of topics: the value of individual reading; what Twitter’s purpose is as a company; how ever-changing corporate names can become confusing; and the function of the TV recap in the streaming era.


  • Carpenter, E., 1966, ‘The New Languages’, in E. Carpenter and M. McLuhan (eds), Explorations in Communication: An Anthology, Beacon Press, Boston, pp. 162–179.
  • Sources for MP3 chapter artwork: Twitter and Syfy at NBCUniversal

33. We Meet at Screens

Television sets have long determined not only where our furniture goes, but also how we interact with others at home. Are things now changing in this physical space to reflect our own individual use of smaller, mobile screens?


  • Rushkoff, D., 1994, Media Virus!: Hidden Agendas in Popular Culture, 1st ed., Ballantine Books.
  • The Frame by Samsung
  • MP3 chapter artwork sources: usmagazine.com and Samsung

32. Tackling Sports Betting with Special Guest Dr. Hannah Pitt

Turn on your TV to watch a sporting match in Australia and you’re sure to see advertisements for various betting apps and services. Of particular concern is how these advertisements can affect and are understood by children. To learn more, I invited Dr. Hannah Pitt (Postdoctoral Research Fellow in public health at Deakin University) to discuss her continuing research into this issue.

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31. WWDC and the Reality Distortion Field

Every year, on a particular day in June, I get up at 3:00 am in Australia to watch Apple’s WWDC keynote address. This year’s was really impressive and in this episode, I summarise the most exciting updates. There is, however one part of this story—almost too quickly forgotten—that needs to be addressed and I tell a personal story about security to make sense of it.


30. The Martin Feld Retail Photo Collection

This week, I reflect briefly on the history of radio, discuss the need for more international content in TV streaming and share the story of a bizarre photo album that went from digital to print.


29. Mass versus Niche

Niche communities, identities and communication channels—they are a sign of the great diversity of interests, views and cultural groups in our society… but they can also be a sign of fragmentation. In a world that’s brimming with super-specific feeds, tailored content and targeted advertising, could some mass media actually offer a better way of engaging with major global issues and movements, such as #BlackLivesMatter? I (a white person) try to consider and discuss this respectfully.