LEGO fans sometimes refer to their ‘dark ages’, the time period between when they stopped playing with LEGO as a kid and when they started again as an adult. …


Australian higher education has arrived at a crossroads. The Government has set a policy direction which largely de-funds the humanities, including the field of Communication, in which I have thus far made my career. …


This post is intended for a general audience, but also aims to fulfill an assessment task in my postgraduate professional development studies at Charles Sturt University. For info on the task, see here.

As a general philosophy, I aim to anchor my teaching practice in the field of critical digital…


This is the text of my section of a panel delivered at the 2017 Australia and New Zealand Communication Association (ANZCA) conference. Panel members were David Paterno, Adam Muir and myself. The panel abstract reads:

The academic meta-discipline known as Media Ecology (M.E.) is typically seen as a North American…


Like a rippling pond, more advertisers are pulling more money from their YouTube ad spend over an ever wider net of issues.

Since mid-March, a series of large advertisers on Google’s video site YouTube have announced their intention to reduce or remove their ads after it was revealed they were showing next to and supporting extremist content.

The rot started with a report in the UK’s The Times on March 17, and…


Today, I pulled some figures from the internet (*cough, Wikipedia*) and did a really simple series of graphs showing population size of the 30 largest cities in Europe, the United States, and Australia as a percentage of total population.

Scaled to a common maximum of 25%. Here they are:

Europe’s 30 largest cities as a percentage of total European population (src: Wikipedia)

Excited to announce that Australia’s iconic Tim Tam was “available widely in the U.S.”, Mashable made an egregious error:

On behalf of Australians everywhere, I responded:

And, that kicked off an interesting conversation (where I got trolled) about what we call stuff versus what Americans call it. …


I’m about to mix up three different things, so bear with me, I think there’s a point to it.

  1. Mid-last year, I managed to land on my feet in a permanent academic role. Since then, I’ve coordinated one first year subject and one masters subject, which is about two weeks…

A provocation, presented at the CSU Faculty of Arts and Education Research Forum, August 24–26, 2016, at CSU Bathurst.

Consider a town of about 35,000 residents in a regional part of New South Wales, a few hours from the state capital and with several hundred thousand hectares of rural and…


The Sydney Opera House, 18 December 2016. c/ Meghan Barrell.

It was a weird incongruity to be sitting at the Sydney Opera House — a temple of ‘high culture’ — this weekend to watch and talk about pop culture ad nauseum.

Bingefest: A festival of television, performance art, podcast trailblazers, video game battles and internet lols

The first Bingefest at…

Travis Holland

Space geek. AFOL. Communicator. Educator. Pop culture nerd.

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