CST120: Technology



(Turkle to 5.05)


Moral panic? https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/wicked-deeds/201507/moral-panic-who-benefits-public-fear



The Attention Economy:



Extra Reading: Haraway’s Cyborg Manifesto

Click to access Haraway-CyborgManifesto-1.pdf

Focus Questions:

-how does technology influence our understanding of time?

– how have mobile phones changed us as humans?

– What is ‘intimate serendipity’?
– what is the attention economy?

CST120: taste

Banquet Still Life (1644) Adriaen van Utrecht
– What discourses do you notice depicted in this sequence?
-What do you notice here – what, and who might be missing?
Focus Questions – think about these, referring to one or more of the weekly readings:
What are the similarities in the discourses employed for travel and food writing?

How is ‘taste’ related to class identities?

How is taste conditioned by ideas?

What is ‘ethnic’ food and what makes it culturally desirable?

What is ‘slow food’ (as understood by the foodie), and what makes it desirable?
Taste Discussion points – Wed 830 Class

CST120: Travel

Traveler not Tourist - spotted in a window in Amsterdam image: Renee Middlemost
Traveler not Tourist – spotted in a window in Amsterdam Image: Renee Middlemost

Focus Questions:

– What is the importance of travel? Is it important?

– What is the gaze, and how does it shape our travel encounters?

– How does tourism relate to the notion of departure?

-What is the difference between a traveler and a tourist? What does this say about value judgements?

– According to Boorstin, how has the notion of adventure changed, and how does the ‘pseudo-event’ come about?

– What is the distinction between the authentic and the inauthentic? Is Disneyland a ‘real’ place?



Additional reading:


CST120: Reading the beach

‘Byron Bay Beach’ by Rob Deutscher Under License CCBY2.0


Focus Questions:

– what is the significance of the beach to Australian identity?
– what do you understand by the ‘symbolic meaning’ of the beach?
– what does Fiske mean when he says the beach is a text?
– how do we ‘read’ the beach?
– According to Fiske what is the difference between nature, and the natural?






CST120: Introduction and Australia Day

Australia (A.K.A. Vegemite) by Vincent Brown licensed CCBY2.0

Need help?

Academic writing: https://www.uow.edu.au/student/services/ld/students/index.html

Technology/ Online help: http://www.uow.edu.au/student/services/digitalliteracy/index.html


Australia Day – some useful links:






Welcome! 2015 … Under Construction

Welcome to 2015!
I’m looking forward to a new year of teaching starting next week, as much as I have enjoyed working on my own research over the holidays.
In the meantime, here is a paper which was published over summer in the 2014 Conference Proceedings from the Popular Culture Association of Australia and New Zealand (PopCAANZ) Conference. I look forward to hearing your comments!


Rock cult/pop cult: The continuing influence of The Rocky Horror Picture Show on popular cult/ure