Fitzroy, Melbourne, November, 2001: oral history archive

Milkbar:The Everyday City and Globalisation was a project that sought to uncover some of the stories and concerns of some of the local residents of Fitzroy; an inner city Australian community. The videos assembled here are part of a larger project on the subject completed in October 2002 (more details below).

Forty four people within the suburb were interviewed with a video camera with the purpose of creating a record of a local, inner-city community in a significant period of change and to try and understand much of this change. It is an attempt to critically objectify historical change at a local level through an online oral history.
(This video is all the interviews stitched together. The individual videos with some contextual information are also on YouTube).

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Quick Response: Oxford Social Media Convention 2009 #oxsmc09

(Transcript below if you can’t follow my polemical prose; and sorry but the synchronisation in this clip has a mind of its own).

I attended the Oxford Social Media Convention 2009 on Friday (18 September) at the Said Business School. The theme of the Convention was ‘assessing the evolution, impact and potential of social media’; a fairly monumental tasks for a one day convention with speakers from both sides of the Atlantic and from the Academy, business, media, and politics. The Convention was ordered around panel discussion with a lot of participation from the audience. At times subversive and always humorous ‘tweets’ from the audience were also projected on the wall behind the speakers (we voted to do this earlier in the day).

Rather than divide my time between all the speakers, I will concentrate on two of the most distinctive speakers that hopefully convey the timbre of the conference. The first speaker is Mathew Hindman, an academic at the University of Phoenix and author of the recently published ‘The Myth of Digital Democracy (Princeton University Press; 2009). The other speaker I will discuss is Kara Swisher, the Technology Correspondent for the Wall Street Journal.
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8) Morning coffee with Craig: the G20, the economy, and protest

OK, I have started my ‘morning coffee with Craig’ series again. Similar format and similar theme to the previous ones, but I promise something fresher soon. Here I talk about ‘globalism’ and the recent protests during the G20 meeting here in London. It is similar to another video diary; number 4 in this series when the G20 met in Melbourne in 2006.

I have experimented with YouTube’s new annotation system on this video so feel free to annotate it (but please be kind) (link)

What is globalisation?

Given the events of the past week (the G20 protests), I thought I would resurrect a video I made a couple of years back on the subject of ‘globalism’. It is the most popular video I made for the illustrious series ‘morning coffee with Craig’. It had 547 views…only 4 billion to go!

Morning Coffee with Craig: What is Activism 2.0?

Net Activism 1.0 = Libertarianism
Net Activism 2.0 = Governance

Political Communication and Information Scarcity

The Internet arrived on the global stage during a tumultuous juncture in world history. The Soviet Empire collapsed; ending a 50 year ideological battle between the centralised command economies of the Communist East, and the free-market economies of the Capitalist West. A world that was sharply divided between the Socialist ideologies of centralised planning-coupled with tight information controls-and the Capitalist ideologies of individual agency and individual expression was replaced by the later world of increasingly unfettered ‘flows’. Primarily driven by the United States, its allies, and the post World War II Bretton Woods Institutions such as GATT (General Agreement on Tariff and Trade); freedom of expression, freedom of trade, and freedom of the market prevailed in all major international interactions. The Internet entered the global arena during this period of great change and is defined by this change and defines this change (and it may have developed very differently if it was conceived during another period of history). It is perhaps not unusual then, that tentatively entering the post Cold War period, many early researchers first understood the Internet’s political potential firmly grounded in the Communist ‘information scarcity’ and censorial anxieties that derive from the ideological divisions of the ‘short Twentieth Century’ (Hobsbawn; 1994).

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Morning Coffee with Craig: What is political bias?

The term ‘bias’ has been used a lot lately in Australia by the Conservative administration, but do they actually know what it means? Today I ponder the idea of ‘bias’ from the most objective position available to me; my own perspective. In fact I am the most un-bias person in the whole world and if you don’t agree with me then you must be ‘bias’.