Category Archives: Academic

March 30

What is Film Criticism? (Essay)

An essay on the origin, purpose, problems, and future of film criticism.

January 06

The Great Gatsby (2013)

This is an outstanding modern adaptation of an all-time classic.

August 22

Aussie Wedding Films

How does Australian film represent the “white wedding” ritual?

July 26

Truth and Documentary

There are many kinds of documentary just as there are many kinds of truth

March 22

Book: Inside Bureaucratic Power (1994)

The continuing challenges of changing the public sector are better understood through the lens of history

August 04

Who owns Government information?

While ever governments lock up vast stores of inaccessible information there can never be true democracy.

August 03

Social media and social change

  The traditional web is a top-down framework that separates the ‘means of production’ from consumers. In other words, there were only web controllers and web users. The concept of ‘produsage’ as developed by Axel Bruns refers to the “breakdown” or convergence of producers and consumers. While this has not yet fully inverted the traditional […]

August 01

Whats post-human about the web?

The history of the digital age was launched when Alan Turing built the first computer in the 1940’s at the UK National Physics Laboratory. The story of how he did this is told in the acclaimed film The Imitation Game (2014). In the time since his pioneering work, computers have evolved from large mainframes, to […]

July 31

How does GPS work?

  Always-on internet connectivity and the evolution of context-aware apps has transformed the idea of the traditional “map” as a representation of spatial location. Most apps integrate global positioning technology (GPS) with smartphone hardware, and there is now no theoretical limit to the kind of information that can be overlaid and interrelated with geographical coordinates. […]

July 22

What is the Semantic Web?

 Web searches to date has been based on syntactical code, which is the “nearest fit” between the queried keyword and stored data. The evolutionary turning point for the Semantic Web is the shift towards semantic code which incorporates “reasoning using probability and causality…and the relationships between statements, concepts, or propositions, and the rules of inference” (Dowd 2008). […]

July 14

Can computers think?

Films like Blade Runner (1982) reflect a social anxiety that the machines we build will one day control us. It seems simple now, but key steps in getting here relates to simple information indexing. Half a century ago my parents gave me a 7-volume encyclopedia called the Book of Knowledge to use through high school. My friends and […]

July 11

How did the Internet start?

In 1945, George Orwell coined the term “cold war” to describe a prolonged period of political confrontation between the United States and Russia. By the 1950’s, there were several military crises as the two superpowers were constantly trying to out-perform each other. Few people today know that the “Space Race” was the major stimulus for […]

July 11

WELCOME to CineMuseFilms

This blog started out in 2013 as part of a digital media unit in a Bachelor of Media & Communication course.  I’ve left the original posts here as historical markers, as well as eclectic mix of other writings, such as academic essays, a short story, a book published from my PhD, and other odds and sods. The […]