Justifying my higher ed choices (again)

New forevers are circling me in a way that is both enlightening and threatening. Enlightening because I feel lucky to be where I am and to have the options to move forward that I do. Threatening because, well, I have to make choices, which inevitably will exclude some forevers from my life – at least […]

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Old Blood

I have barely written on this blog for a while; I’ve mostly been sneaking around the internet with disposable usernames on busy platforms where identity is displaced from the stories it belongs to, into some thick void. I’m still thinking and participating, just not right here, nor with my name.

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Implications of Considering Simulation Theory

In my previous post for this task, entitled Simulation Theory & Conjectures of Post-Humanity, I broke down the reasoning behind Bostrom’s hypothesis that we are living in a computer simulation. Assuming, as this theory argues, that it’s not impossible that we are living in a simulation, henceforth I will discuss the implications of considering these ideas. Simulation […]

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Literature Review: Tabooed Topics in Narrative

“What happens when the story involves suicide, murder, crime, war, death, incest or rape? What if these were part of our family stories? And as writers, what do we ‘do’ with these difficult memories?” (Guntarik et. al 2015)

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Theory: Draco Malfoy is a Werewolf

There are a variety of Harry Potter theories circling the internet which attempt (with varying success) to fill in the gaps or draw connections between events in Rowling’s books. One which I have recently come across, and which makes logical sense, is that of Draco Malfoy being a werewolf. *Spoilers alert. Obviously* There are a variety […]

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Departure

I “I do not think one can assess a writer’s motives without knowing something of his early development. . . before he ever begins to write he will have acquired an emotional attitude from which he will never completely escape.” George Orwell in Why I Write I remember the first story I ever wrote. It lacked […]

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The future of work v. fulfillment

How about this suit—— Black and stiff, but not a bad fit. Will you marry it? It is waterproof, shatterproof, proof Against fire and bombs through the roof. Believe me, they’ll bury you in it. (Sylvia Plath, The Applicant) In writing this blog post I am neglecting actual tasks I really need to be working on, […]

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Great Expectations

When people ask me what’s next for me, I tell them I do not know. It’s the truth.
But it isn’t a bad truth. I don’t feel that I’m in a position where exiting tertiary education next year leaves me no options, or that I’m completely unprepared for the ‘outside world’ or stand no chance in it. Yet when I say “I don’t know” in response to this question, the connotations are generally negative in sentiment.

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Contextual Essay: Simulation Mindy

Project Summary & Proposed Utility I decided to continue the artefact I have worked on across four BCM subjects. It began as “The Life of Mindy” in BCM112: Convergent Media Practices and DIGC202: Global Networks. As I became further engrossed in simulation theory, the artefact developed to feature more interfaces and serious links, to various […]

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Project Review: Here Today Gong Tomorrow

Concept The digital artefact I have been reviewing is Payton Sassano’s travel blog, Here Today Gong Tomorrow, which also includes an Instagram page. Payton is an international student currently studying communication and media at the University of Wollongong. She decided to build an online presence which provides an honest and authentic glimpse into life as […]

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