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23Apr/140

Still Angry Podcast: Ep 6 Speeching About Race

In this podcast Terry Johal and Hammy Goonan talk about limits to speech, the role of the state in enforcing that and the recent proposed changes to the Racial Description Act in Australia. (more here)

10Apr/140

Lecture: Mark Marking, Storytelling and Ideology

This lecture summaries what I have been doing with the students over the last four weeks, where we have been talking about communication design, and storytelling.

In this section, the object was to get the students to understand how meaning works, and moves as the affordances of the format they are working in changes.  Key to that were the learning activities they had to do in class. Over the four weeks, they focused on telling stories visually moving from a two-colour minimalist execution, to photographs, to five-frame comic style execution. They moved on to learn how to make execution that differed in format but had to tell the same story. Key in this section was the notion of authorship and the audience. We then introduced both descriptive writing - text that could stand outside the images and still make sense - and integrated writing - text that works with the image to tell the story.

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5Apr/140

Still Angry Podcast: Ep5 The State and I

In this week's podcast Terry and Hammy start talking about the state, social contract and the effect that has on out lives then veer wildly into all sorts of territory, from Refugees to the police, nationalism and social media. (more info here)

 

20Mar/140

Still Angry Podcast: Ep4 The Other Story Of Venezuela’s Riots

In this week's podcast Terry talks to Antonio Castillo about his latest article in the New Matilda.

They discuss the ongoing situation in Venezuela where there have been large scale anti-government protests and the way these protests have been reported the western media which has been simplistic and quite binary 'lazy media'.

It's a great chat covering a lot of ground.

 

15Mar/140

YouTube Playlist: Really Interesting Videos (long ones)

This is a longform version of this. Again, these videos are part of the resources I make available to students are various YouTube playlists. This one is for videos that are - as the playlist's name suggests - really interesting, but long. They are at least 2o mins with the longest going for more than an hour. While they do not cover any specific disciplines but can inform your practice.  (If I can find the time, I will try to provide a bit of context for each in a separate post).

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14Mar/140

YouTube Playlist: Really Interesting Videos (short ones)

Part of the resources I make available to students are various YouTube playlists. This one is for videos that are - as the playlist's name suggests - really interesting. they do not cover any specific disciplines but can inform your practice. Most are 3-5 mins and the longest is under 10 mins. Enjoy. (If I can find the time, I will try to provide a bit of context for each in a separate post).

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13Mar/140

Still Angry Podcast: Ep 3 Where to from here for the podcast?

 

In this third instalment Terry and Hammy discuss the direction of the podcast and get sidetracked into a discussion about the current media landscape.

12Mar/140

Youtube Playlist: Design

As part of the resources I make available to student are various YouTube playlists. This one is videos that deal with "Design". (If I can find the time, I will try to provide a bit of context for each in a separate post).

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11Mar/140

Still Angry Podcast: Ep 2 The Things That Matter to Stillangry.com

In this podcast Terry and Hammy discuss the issues that matter to them most and motivate them to change the world, one podcast at a time.
Hammy's issues are:

  • Democracy and Community Control
  • Intellectual Property
  • The Environment and Energy

Terry's issues are:

  • Freedom and Agency
  • Education
  • Governance and The State

The Chomsky quote Hammy mentions can be found here. We pinched the image on the iTunes store from here.

We hope you like it!

8Mar/140

Lecture: Education and You

This is a lecture I like to give students when they are starting their university careers. I try to get them to examine what disciplinary power is, how it works, and its place in the education system in terms of the students life.

‘Is it surprising that prisons resemble factories, schools, barracks, hospitals, which all resemble prisons?’ - Michel Foucault