Author: Margaret Cassidy

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    Flying with disability in Second Life

    • Margaret Cassidy
    • 09 January 2008
    2 Comments

    The online virtual world Second Life has been subject to bad press focussing on examples of narcissistic and unprincipled behaviour. But paralympian Niels Schuddeboom has found an opportunity to forget his disability and experience life as a walking avatar. From 2 May 2007.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    Few Aboriginal digital citizens 40 years after referendum

    • Margaret Cassidy
    • 13 June 2007

    The award-winning 2006 Rolf de Heer film Ten Canoes was shown to mark last weekend's anniversary. While the film itself, and many of its actors and collaborators, have a significant online presence, Australia's indigenous culture remains under-represented in the digital medium.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    Flying with disability in Second Life

    • Margaret Cassidy
    • 15 May 2007
    6 Comments

    The online virtual world Second Life has been subject to bad press focussing on examples of narcissistic and unprincipled behaviour. But paralympian Niels Schuddeboom has found an opportunity to forget his disability and experience life as a walking avatar.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    New medium is Bono's message

    • Margaret Cassidy
    • 22 January 2007

    U2's Bono is as well known for his political activism as for his songs. He mixes his political evangelism with the concert performances to such an extent that they almost become interchangeable.

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  • MEDIA

    New media's role in US mid-term sensation

    • Margaret Cassidy
    • 13 November 2006
    1 Comment

    New media extended the life and added an additional dimension to the continued use of a range of old media, in the lead up to this month’s mid-term congressional elections in the United States.

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  • MEDIA

    A generation of online material girls

    • Margaret Cassidy
    • 30 October 2006

    Members of the Zebo online community are encouraged to blog with a commercial focus, to keep a shopping journal of shopping experiences and tips.

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  • MEDIA

    Shifting sands in the online music marketplace

    • Margaret Cassidy
    • 21 August 2006

    The physical music store is in serious decline as people buy and download online. Internet social networking points such as YouTube and MySpace are also providing music distribution outlets, and also vehicles for many young wannabe and established artists to promote their songs.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    Virtual voyeurism

    • Margaret Cassidy
    • 10 July 2006

    Webcams allow us to see ordinary life as it is being lived around the world. A myriad of sites takes us to tourist sites, places of worship, and even to the Antarctic.

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  • MEDIA

    Online social networking beyond the grave

    • Margaret Cassidy
    • 12 June 2006

    The presence of the deceased is palpable in the obituary postings at MyDeathSpace.com. In addition to declarations of love, many speak of knowing that the deceased has “gone to a better place”.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Living in the online comfort zone?

    • Margaret Cassidy
    • 18 May 2006
    1 Comment

    Margaret Cassidy considers how the blogs of two young women reflect their very different world views.

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