Monday Media -Shared Experience vs On-Demand consumption

Back in 1955, when television was just hitting its straps, Science Fiction writer Isaac Asimov wrote a short story called “Dreaming is a private thing.” The essence of the story was that people didn’t want a shared entertainment experience. He argued that people don’t want to have to get their entertainment according to someone else’s…

Weekend Arts: Recycling ideas

We finally got around to watching ‘Mad Max – Fury Road’ last night (yeah, yeah, I know its been out for ages .. but you get that sometimes) It’s not my intention to review the movie (except to say it was lots of fun, lots of ‘splosions, plot holes big enough to drive a War…

Monday Media – DAB Radio Goin’ up the country?

A few weeks ago I was accused of being, and I quote, “Another doomsayer doing his level best to kill off commercial radio.” That’s because I had the temerity to suggest that DAB+ Radio, or Digital Audio Broadcasting, risked going the same way as AM Stereo – into the dustbin of ideas whose time never…

Saturday Arts – what ever happened to essays?

I had reason, during the week, to use a famous line of Ralph Waldo Emerson – the one about a foolish consistency being the hobgoblin of little minds. It was from his essay, ‘On Self-Reliance’ – but as I looked it up, it struck me that I hadn’t read Emerson, or Thoreau, or their ilk since high school…

Monday Media – Where to for DAB Radio?

I’ve been in Radio long enough to remember the slow-motion train-crash that was AM Stereo – and I have to say, DAB or Digital Audio Broadcasting shows all the signs of being deja vu all over again. To explain: for 50 years, Australian broadcast radio was all AM, or Amplitude Modulation. Stations had whopping great…