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Apr. 2008

All project content from Outside the Box dated April, 2008.

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  • Ten years ago it was not clear that this would be the decade that changed the media. Now it’s obvious.
  • The idea of FREE
  • Didn’t expect the web to be so much part of people’s lives, so intense an engagement
  • Success and scale of Google could not have been predicted. Now 40% of Internet ad revenue is from

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  • Access to content in the ways we can use the internet. The YouTube factor, people wanting immediacy amount of (downloading) reluctance to wait for programs to be aired.


  • Deliverability and distribution of product a big issue for FTA’s


  • Slower curve for adoption of new technologies than people think i.e. media industry imagined

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1) Very early:
I’m up at 4 this morning because of the time difference with Hawaii where Simon Twean is. We don’t need him on camera till 5, but before I go down to the spare room to be on set I need to spend a bit of time having some coffee and going over questions I want to use …(continue reading)

6.00am – Alarm Clock – Wake up
Free-to-Air Radio Broadcast, using terrestrial or other digital distribution media. Listen to News – 10 mins on Radio National. One assumes / hopes there will still be a vibrant form of government funded public broadcasting. Who knows?
6.10am – Check tides, wind and weather
Click on favourites button – tides and weather – …(continue reading)

The Carer – Wednesday April 18th 2018
You’ve asked me to diary my day for your media research project. I hope this is useful to you.
I’m retired, in my 50’s, and for the past 12 months have been living with my mother who is in her early 80’s. I am also my mother’s carer. Although I’m with mum most …(continue reading)


  • There are no wires
  • There is no: tv, computer, mobile phone, wallet or key. All these items have been combined into an item called the “Device”. Some people have the latest model Device and those less fortunate have last years model Device.


  • It is still all Microsoft
  • It still crashes

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Television in 2018. The Labour Government recognized the threat to Australian culture and creativity was not simply about teaching kids at school, about the arts but ensuring they had access to seeing, experiencing and at some time in the future creating their own content. It was big picture and bold- after years of waiting for the market to deliver and …(continue reading)

It’s a cool almost chilly cloudy morning in April 2018 and a bit of a clumsy start to the day. The dog has set off the light sensors triggering the coffee machine and the heating hasn’t managed to update after the end of daylight saving. James is running late for school, and the bus has already begun its journey. His …(continue reading)

8:00 AM
My two grandchildren (2.5, 4.9) arrive and head straight for their multi-modality (B1 and B2) seats in front of the digital High Definition, wide (3-D) screen that what was once our family calls ‘RKO’ (‘Reality, Knowledge, Otherworlds’). They call up their own programme (orally) and proceed to co-perform a Dr Seuss number from the musical kids’ show …(continue reading)

I wake to the reassuring sounds of the ABC’s AM program, as I have for decades, which goes on automatically by my bed at 7.20 am (I’m the programmer in my life) as part of my home’s Automated Media Selection (AMS) system (which pre-sets all electronic media devices — radio, television, online, movies on demand, messaging, banking, shopping, booking — …(continue reading)