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Information society & communications in the 21st century
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So – when I was a kid, communication was by hand-written letters posted, or a phone that you literally rang by winding a handle, using the Morse Code. We had ‘party lines’, which meant you could listen in on others’ conversations! Before white settlement in <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns ...
Taking Responsiblity For Our Situation
At a recent business lunch, I was chatting to another during the break about the ‘politics of blame’.
We were focusing on taking responsibility for your own life. If we were to use a benchmark as the ‘line of life’, she said, how many people would sit below the line and blame others, and how many above, taking responsibility for their situations?
I felt that this was a good point to ponder, in the sense that we (like all Governments!) love to take the credit when things are positive and produ...
How Busy Are You?
A few years ago, Hugh Mackay, a well-known Australian social researcher, suggested that the modern obsession of being busy is diminishing our lives. When asked years ago how we were, we just said, “Good, thanks.”
These days, we usually seem to say, “Busy!” Being busy seems to be the new badge of honour.
If you’re not busy, are you dead, or on the scrapheap? Why all this frenetic busy-ness – or perhaps, why the need to maintain the appearance of being busy?
Perhaps a crammed day is not so v...
TATTOOS R NOT US
This comment is not intended in a judgemental way, but to raise questions of general and genuine interest in the rapidly increasing number of tattoos we see in today’s society. (Not to speak of those we can’t see!)
Some industries are dwindling or dying, but the ancient art of tattooing is definitely on the rise.
Why is it so?
I’ve seen thousands of people with lots of tattoos, but have never yet been able to work out to my own satisfaction (which is not relevant to others, I agree) exactly ...
Get a grip ...
How important is it for children and adults to hold a pencil or pen ‘correctly’? What is ‘correct’? How much do people still use pens? Is it really important?
I see so many people write in hugely varying grips and postures – hook hands, crossed and awkward fingers, crouched postures as if writers are so close to the page as if they are smelling perfumed ink, pens doing their best to write at odd angles, and so many other uncomfortable ways.
I see these in shopping centres, banks, meetings, sc...
The Great Divide Between City and Country
I was born and raised on a farm, in northern Victoria. I still have a close affinity with country life.Yet I am fairly confident that there is an increasing gap in the knowledge and understanding of city life by country folk, and vice versa. This is not to be critical, but my perception of reality, shared by others.
The concept of ‘city-slickers’ visiting country farms and towns appears romantic to some. But most city people don’t really understand what life in the country is like, especially r...
Is Your Working Life Ever Going To End?
I see from the media that the Bureau of Statistics tells us that more than a third of older Australian workers now plan to work until they are at least 70 - or feel that they will have to just to survive. This is a remarkable cultural change, in contrast to the expectations of twenty years ago.
When I was growing up, the commonly accepted view was that most people would work till they turned 65, then retire gracefully. (Interestingly, women could retire at 60, even though they have a significan...
VIOLENCE IN THE ‘MOST LIVEABLE CITY’
A few years ago, <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />Melbourne prided itself on its awards as being the most liveable city in the world.
Today the papers are full of news items that beggar belief this is the same city.
Many schools have been put into ‘lock down’ mode over the past couple of years, due to behaviours branded as virtually being anarchy in action. The picture that we were given was of widespread violence, drug use, sex ...
Steady Sellers in a Recession
It seems that the time has come to forget the financial crisis (what crisis?), pull up a comfy chair, pour a beer and enjoy a nice box of chocolates! Yes, alcohol and tobacco are pretty well recession-proof, even if cheaper brands might be substituted for premium quality.
A real estate friend told me the other day that he had stopped reading papers, watching TV and listening to the news, as there was so much talk of gloom and doom.
He claimed that the constant bombardment of ‘GFC’ (that’s Glob...
Self-inflicted speech hand-grenades
Have you ever asked yourself, if what you say were to be written down verbatim, how would it read?
Would everything that you stated with what you thought was due solemnity or persuasive power actually make sense? How much repetition would there be?
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