Existentialism

What did Marshall McLuhan mean when he said ‘The medium is the message’?

It's the phrase all communication people love to quote - The Medium is the Message. But do you really know what McLuhan meant when he said this? In reality, his meaning was quite existential and incredibly fascinating, as explored below. McLuhan described technology as the 'inner trip'; the new Orientalism of the Western world. He saw… Continue reading What did Marshall McLuhan mean when he said ‘The medium is the message’?

Business

Do Internal Communication practitioners really understand their audience?

Short answer, no. Long answer, here's why: In my career-to-date, four years of my life were spent in dedicated internal communication roles. I am now somewhat on 'the other side of the fence' as I research, teach and consult about the role of digital technology inside of workplace contexts. When I was emerged in the… Continue reading Do Internal Communication practitioners really understand their audience?

Philosophy

Enough of the ‘STEM’ obsession: We need more philosophers

This post is in reference to an article I recently read. The world is based on differences of opinion. What matters most is not what you think, but how you think. At the core of its practice, wonder is the beginning of philosophy; the questioning of what it means to be human, and the critical… Continue reading Enough of the ‘STEM’ obsession: We need more philosophers

Philosophy

Everything has been figured out except how to live

The title of this blog were words famously spoken by the French Existentialist, Jean-Paul Sartre. What Sartre was alluding to is something similar to what author John Horgan points out in his controversial 1996 book 'The end of Science'.  Horgan argues that science, in the last 50 years, has figured all there is to figure out,… Continue reading Everything has been figured out except how to live

Philosophy

Paradoxes of the artificial: learning from the past to predict a future whilst misinterpreting the present

Hear my words, humanity is the awkward pubescent phase between animal and machine – Netjester AI Bot (2011) The University of Sydney recently posed the following essay dilemma to its students:  'Big data' is not just more or different information but constitutes a revolution in the production of knowledge: algorithms and 'machine learning' are generating… Continue reading Paradoxes of the artificial: learning from the past to predict a future whilst misinterpreting the present

Philosophy

Is the progression of technology a paradox for our demise?

The philosopher Marshall McLuhan once claimed that: The most human thing about us is our technology Our cities can be viewed as extensions of our physical body, our electronic networks such as telephones, radio and television as extensions of our nervous system, and the computer can be seen as an extension of our cognitive functioning.… Continue reading Is the progression of technology a paradox for our demise?

Business

Reimagining the ‘Digital’ Workplace

Imagine you want to open the best research and education institution in your city, such as a University. You’ve noticed that existing learning environments do not cater for teacher or student needs in the digital age. As a result, you decide to design and build the most innovative of all office and teaching spaces; one… Continue reading Reimagining the ‘Digital’ Workplace

Film

A Mother! of a Film

Not in a long while has a movie come along that has polarized audiences. Darren Aronofsky, the man who brought us Black Swan and Requiem for a Dream has released his latest Mother! onto the world and the world has very much responded. People have either left the cinema halfway through, demanding a refund, as well as… Continue reading A Mother! of a Film