Author Archives: lachlanrdaleuts

Were our lives more ‘authentic’ or ‘natural’ before technology?

I love this cartoon. This perfectly sums up the ‘infinite regression’ of the idea that our lives were more ‘natural’ or ‘authentic’ before a certain wave of technology came along: Source: Toothpaste for dinner Advertisements

Turkey protests as a case study

I’ve been absolutely captivated by the non-traditional media coverage on the protests in Turkey on the weekend. So much noise has been made about the protests on social media, such that for many people social media might represent the majority of their coverage – that is citizen journalism; largely unverified and by individuals who are […]

The movie ‘Network’ on hyperreality

Just came across this and I think it is perfect to discuss here in the context of Baudrillard’s simulacra and hyper-reality; a scene from the 1974 movie Network. What do people think? Television is not the truth. Television’s a god-damned amusement park. Television is a circus, a carnival, a traveling troupe of acrobats, storytellers, dancers, singers, […]

What if gender roles in advertising were reversed?

I came across this rather interesting video that asks the question: What if Gender Roles in Advertising Were Reversed? This video runs through some trends in advertising, including: The sexualisation/objectification of women Women being cast in submissive roles The portrayal of ‘hypermasculinity’ Increasing depictions of violent sexual conduct (leading to normalisation of such conduct) The video […]

Want to see the world’s first web page?

Perhaps a little off-topic, but I thought it was a good item for general interest. To celebrate 20 years of the World Wide Web, the first web page has been displayed online once more. You can check it out here. Source: ABC News

Arthur Boyd’s The Stockman (1944)

I always love going to the NSW Art Gallery. I’m particularly captivated by some of the incredible artists Australia produced in the 20th Century – Arthur Boyd and Sidney Nolan in particular. After my visit to the gallery I have selected Arthur Boyd’s The Stockman (1944) for discussion. The first thing that strikes me about […]

You’d be surprised what your Facebook likes say about you

This week I came across a fascinating research article relating to the ‘end game’ of big data analysis, and should cause us to ponder the consequences of our public data footprint. Essentially it says that: …through easily accessible digital records of behavior, Facebook Likes, can be used to automatically and accurately predict a range of […]