The Upwork economy

The Upwork economy
As an aspect of establishing my online English consultancy, Virtually English, I have been delving into the wonderful, exotic world of Upwork, an online brokerage connecting freelancers and their clients. Many of the jobs are media and communication rated. There are also some English teaching jobs, so it definitely fits my skillset. Although essentially American, ...

Words (no music)

Words (no music)
In tweet from my timeline or on Insta done in pictures through Pinterest among the products or on Linkedin with my skillset. Yes, I’ll do Facebook I’ll update my status now if that’s what gets to you – let’s connect. Let me know your Skype name or maybe you use Google? Put me in your ...

Digitising our face to face L&T games

Digitising our face to face L&T games
Tactile, immediate, 3D, physical – the things we love about classroom ESL games that make classes so immersive – aren’t necessarily that easy to convert to an online teaching space. Firstly we have the problem of the game props that we use – paper, pens, dice and game boards – even white boards can be ...

The triple aspects of social media

Your digital story requires you to implement a social media strategy for a small production project, based on all the social media you have experimented with during the earlier phases of the course. From the perspective of the media production discipline, social media is ‘triple-aspected’: a professional networking tool. It establishes your credibility within a ...

I’m fire ready

I'm fire ready
So I put the new fire app on my phone about a month ago, and boy, the updates! Every time I look at the phone I get all this information pushed at me – hazardous material in Brunswick, ‘other’ in Parkville (no idea what that’s meant to mean – maybe cat up tree?), fire in ...

so easy, so network / digital

so easy, so network / digital
I made these little poems using Visual Poetry on my phone. I’ve been finding it very hard to find creative time, everything else seems to come first. But the combination of mobile, digital and network is a killer for productivity, and suddenly I’m writing poetry again. I’m not sure whether I’ll grow tired of the ...

What I think you think

What I think you think
As a media maker I often wonder what you think of my work. In some ways, such queries are a hopeless hiding-to-nothing: the opportunities for direct feedback are rare, the possibility that I will misinterpret you are high, and what desire or ability do I have to change my work, even if I do understand ...

RMIT won’t negotiate

RMIT won't negotiate
Liam Ward and I whipped together these vids about the forthcoming NTEU strike action: Short compilation Caroline Norma on casuals Liam Ward on casuals Melissa Slee “Why we’re striking” [short] Ruth Barton on academic workloads Liam Ward on academic workloads Bruno Doring “Why I’m striking” Melissa Slee “Why we’re striking” Bruno Doring on professional staff ...

Putting participation in ethnographic film

Putting participation in ethnographic film
I’ve been watching a lot of recently produced ethnographic films, either shot in the Asia-Pacific, or produced by its citizens, in the context of the forthcoming Aperture Film Festival. It has been interesting to note how conservative most of the films are – a very old-fashioned relationship between the ethnographer/filmmaker/anthropologist is acted out with the ...

Sustainable media practices

Sustainable media practices
A lot of professions are asking themselves how they can make their profession tred more lightly on the environment. A few of them – miners, engineers, car-makers, for example – seem more easily able to come up with the principles, although implementing them might leave a lot to be desired. Others – in particular, white-collar ...

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