So, goodbye Channel 31, maybe…

If any of you have not read/seen the news, Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced that community television stations would only be licensed until the end of 2015.

He said “The Government believes that the best outcome for community television is that, in the future, it uses the internet as its distribution platform,”.

Quite frankly, get your @#$% together Malcolm. How is TV meant to move online in Australia when most of Australia barely has the capability to stream a 720p youtube clip, let alone 1080p properly. And if the future of community television is online, why wouldn’t mainstream commercial television be online? considering the great disparity in funding and resources

Read more about it here.


Week 6 symposium notes, yay…

Can technology progress independently of art and culture?

  • There is no culture without technology
  • To make art you need technology. It is dependent.
  • Does Betty agree?


What is the untapped potential of hypertext?  Will we ever be satisfied with it?

  • Ted Nelson and his many wonderful theories on everything. (Transclusion)
  • “Therefore” to start a para in a book relies on the last paragraph – result of linear form of the medium (book) – limits hypertext
  • internet = equal distance between things
  • can have different interpretations of traditional texts, but in terms of format they are the same (eg. can’t argue that something different happens at pg. 22, but can argue meaning) – hypertext changes this – can still tell stories, but don’t have to be premised on order
  • Hypertext doesn’t work well with linear media? How you go about writing needs to change (but how does this work with all storytelling? All a mess…)
  • No planning, just start writing and connecting bits
  • Wikipedia – not a realised version of hypertext – realises it but in a closed way – two way links but only within site
  • shouldn’t have comments – should link to own blog post where you explain opinion



Transclusion-multiple-twitSo this image may not make sense to most people, nor should it as it is not applicable to the current structure of the internet. But this is Ted Nelson’s idea of transclusion in the form of a diagram. Enjoy!


Trusting information

Last week we talked about the idea of how can we trust the information we receive on the internet. Whilst I feel this is an interesting and a worthwhile topic to discuss, but at the same time, although we’re talking about networked media, I feel trusting information in general is important to talk about. Especially in circumstances where reliable networking is not available. An example of this is North Korea claiming they won 7-0 to Japan, 4-0 to the USA and 2-0 to China in the world cup, even though they did not even participate.

You can also talk about ideas such as other false governmental claims that are uncovered by whistleblowers such as Edward Snowden. How can we really trust any information we are receiving, when even our Governments are keeping secrets and lying to us?