Listened IRL Podcast: The Internet’s Carbon Footprint from irlpodcast.org

Explore the surprising environmental impact of the internet.

This all makes me wonder what impact 5G might have in regards to ‘carbon footprint’? Will it just make it easier to waste the world away?
Listened Mark Ronson’s songs of pop perfection from ABC Radio

Where do you begin with Mark Ronson? 7 Grammys, an Oscar, and so many hit records over 15 years of writing and producing music. He may not sing, but he’s topped the charts in every other way; crafting ‘Uptown Funk’, co-writing ‘Shallow’ with Lady Gaga, and collaborating with musicians from right across the genre map. Ever since that debut album back in 2003, I’ve been a fan. The way he scooped up hip-hop, soul, and funk into perfect pop packages grabbed my attention and kept it. Over the years Mark and I have crossed paths a few times but he’s never done a Take 5. And the opportunity to get inside the musical mind of Mark Ronson is something I’ve been hankering to do for a long time. From OutKast to The Smiths, King Princess to Kacey Musgraves to Prince, hear one of the world’s great producers explore how their songs define pop perfection for him. King Princess – ‘1950’ The Smiths – ‘Stop Me if You Think You’ve Heard This One Before’ Outkast – ‘Ms. Jackson’ Kacey Musgraves – ‘Slow Burn Prince – ‘Pop Life’ 

Mark Ronson gives insight into what defines a perfect pop tune. For Ronson, the best pop songs have a tinge of melancholy, with the push pull of melody and sadness. This reminds me of his discussion of music collection for Crate Diggers. The thing I love most about listening to Ronson speak about music is his breadth of knowledge and experience.

Marginalia

All these old songs are like your kids … They all get you to where you are at.

What can I bring to amplify this person’s superpower.

via Virginia Trioli

Listened June 28, 2019

Good morning. It’s Friday so we’re listening to something more upbeat. We’re playing Daft Punk’s live sets from the late ‘90s. Since last Friday’s memoriam to 1/2 of Cassius, we’ve been revisiting French techno from that formative era of EDM. Fortunately for us, a few prescient souls made decent-quality bootlegs of Daft Punk’s performances in the years before they blew up, from 1997 to 1999. These bootlegs are now on YouTube. Aside from being masterclasses in DJing, these sets feature a bunch of classic house tracks from pioneers like DJ Deeon, DJ Sneak, Todd Edwards, and Giorgio Moroder. What’s amazing is that these performances happened over 20 years ago, but sound like they could be from last week. Let us know what you think by hitting reply on this email.

A number of early live sets from Daft Punk.
Listened

In this edition of Meet the Education Researcher:

  • Prof. Dragan Gasevic suggests that rather than talking about ‘learning styles’, we should be thinking about ‘metacognitive abilities’, ‘study tactics’ and ‘desirable difficulties’
  • Dr. Amanda Heffernan explains how good school principals are not ‘born leaders’ but need to learn the art of leadership from others
  • Dr. Carlo Perrotta unpacks why young people are not ‘digital natives’.

I really like Perrotta’s claim that:

If someone is using the term ‘digital native’ in 2019 then they are probably trying to sell you something.

Listened TER #137 – Banning Mobile Phones in Schools with Dr Michael Carr-Gregg – 07 July 2019 from Teachers’ Education Review

Cameron Malcher speaks with Dr Michael Carr-Gregg about the Victorian government’s decision to ban mobile phones from 2020. Carr-Gregg discusses some of the issues associated with cybersafety in and out of the classroom. He also makes mention of eSmart Curriculum and Digital Licenses as useful resources to support tackling some of these issues.
Listened Prescient Predictions: 1984; Brave New World; and Network from Radio National

The dystopian best-seller 1984 was published exactly seventy years ago. Its influence has been profound. But does it really speak to today’s politico-cultural environment?

The dystopian best-seller 1984 was published exactly seventy years ago. Its influence has been profound. But does it really speak to today’s politico-cultural environment? Broadcaster Scott Stephens believes Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World is a closer match.

Also, author and New York Times journalist David Itzoff talks us through another prescient piece of fiction, Paddy Chayefsky’s 1976 original screenplay Network.

Antony Funnell leads a discussion into three dystopian predictions. The argument made is that although 1984 captures the challenges to truth and the surveillance state, The Brace New World captures the attention economy.
Listened El Chapo: what the rise and fall of the kingpin reveals about the war on drugs – podcast from the Guardian

As the capture and conviction of Mexico’s notorious drug lord has shown, taking down the boss doesn’t mean taking down the organisation

Listened Art Of Fighting – Luna Low from Double J

Ten long, beautiful songs that show that Art Of Fighting have plenty left to give.

I recently relistened to Wires wondering whatever happened to Art of Fighting. I discovered that the band has not released anything since 2007’s Runaway and Ollie Browne created a new group Parrallel Lions. It was therefore a bit of a surprise when Luna Low came into my music feed. As with all their albums, Luna Low is a bit of a slow burn. It is one of those albums that given time and patience grows.

Place between The Triffids and The Panics.

Listened Late Night Feelings – Wikipedia from Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.
Mark Ronson’s Late Night Feelings is one of those albums where the whole is greater than the parts. It has the usual hooks and catches that you would expect from Ronson, however it success is its overall feel. It can be easy to get confused at supposed fillers like Knock Knock Knock, but like Fitter Happier on Radiohead’s OK Computer it serves a wider purpose within the album as a whole.

When discussing the making of Covers, Ronson once stated that his intent was to make music to DJ to. This album is a continuation of that. In some ways it is a set in its own right. Although it isn’t as blended as something like Madonna’s Confessions on a Dancefloor, moments like the bridge in Late Night Feeling or the constant of the bass throughout give the DJ feel.

Place between Stuart Price and Robyn

Listened Kirin J Callinan on stunts, exhibitionism and being misunderstood: ‘Is this who I want to be?’ from the Guardian

‘Art should be amoral,’ says Callinan. But after a few controversies – including being charged with obscene exposure – he’s thinking hard about where to next

Kirin J Callinan provides a collection of covers to explore the question of identity. As always, there uncanny experience where the music balances between being both accessible and alienating in the same breath. There is a part of this that reminds me of the fractured genius of Roland S Howard.

Place between Client Liaison and Pulp

Listened IRL Podcast: The “Privacy Policy” Policy from irlpodcast.org

In the Season 5 premier of IRL, host Manoush Zomorodi speaks with Charlie Warzel, writer-at-large with the New York Times, about our complicated relationship with data and privacy — and the role privacy policies play in keeping things, well, confusing. You’ll also hear from Parker and Lila, two young girls who realize how gaming and personal data intersect. Rowenna Fielding, a data protection expert, walks us through the most efficient ways to understand a privacy policy. Professor Lorrie Cranor explains how these policies have warped our understanding of consent. And privacy lawyer Jenny Afia explains why “privacy” is a base element of being human.

Manoush Zomorodi leads an exploration of what we mean by privacy by taking a dive into privacy policies. Charlie Warzel, the editor behind the New York Times’ Privacy Project, argues that Privacy has become an impoverished word. Another option for this is a ‘hyperobject’, as James Bridle explains in the New Dark Age,

The philosopher Timothy Morton calls global warming a ‘hyperobject’: a thing that surrounds us, envelops and entangles us, but that is literally too big to see in its entirety.Page 77

The argument in the end is that with the rise of surveillance capitalism, we have moved over time from ‘we might use’ your data to ‘we will’ use your data, therefore making privacy policies seemingly null and void.

For more on privacy policies, Bill Fitzgerald argues that we need to move beyond compliance to focus on privacy:

The more we can ground these conversations [around privacy] in personal elements the better: what do you want to show? Why? How? Do you ever want to retract it?

Alternatively, Amy Collier provides the follow list to consider:

  • Audit student data repositories and policies associated with third-party providers
  • Have a standard and well-known policy about how to handle external inquiries for student data and information.
  • Provide an audit of data to students who want to know what data is kept on them, how the data is kept, where it is kept, and who else has access.
  • Have clear guidelines and regulations for how data is communicated and transmitted between offices.
  • Take seriously the data policies of third-party vendors.
  • Closely examine and rethink student-tracking protocols.
  • Give students technological agency in interacting with the institution.

In regards to privacy policies associated with third-party vendors, Fitzgerald suggests looking for the following search words associated with consent: third party, affiliatuons, change, update and modify.

For a different approach, Amy Wang reports on the terms of services associated with Instagram. She also includes extracts from a lawyer, Jenny Afia, who rewrote the document in plain English. This is similar to Terms of Service, Didn’t Read, a site designed to not only summarise Terms of Services, but also highlight aspects to consider.

Listened Emotions, relationships & technology from Radio National

Our emotions are being manipulated, hacked and shared like never before. So what does this mean for their future, our relationships and the technology that’s reading them?

Edwina Stott facilities a dive into children’s engagement with online spaces. Keith Stewart discusses the use of Fortnite as as modern skatepark where kids are able to congregate online. This reminds me of danah boyd’s point in her book It’s Complicated, that where teens may have gone to the mall in the 80’s, they have been forced online as the last refuge available:

The social media tools that teens use are direct descendants of the hangouts and other public places in which teens have been congregating for decades. What the drive-in was to teens in the 1950s and the mall in the 1980s, Facebook, texting, Twitter, instant messaging, and other social media are to teens now. Teens flock to them knowing they can socialize with friends and become better acquainted with classmates and peers they don’t know as well. They embrace social media for roughly the same reasons earlier generations of teens attended sock hops, congregated in parking lots, colonized people’s front stoops, or tied up the phone lines for hours on end. Teens want to gossip, flirt, complain, compare notes, share passions, emote, and joke around. They want to be able to talk among themselves—even if that means going online.(Page 20-21)

This episode also raises the question about the internet of things and the potential to gather emotional data. This is a topic touched upon by Ben Williamson in his book Big Data in Education.

Listened Talking Heads: Remain in Light from Pitchfork

The album presents such a strange artistic vision, foreign to what came before but operating as though it were the culmination of a long tradition, that it seems to declare the power of weirdness itself. To be not just strange but singular, to reinvent a form in a way that you can dance to, to smuggle beer into the museum: This is the visceral thrill of art. We want to deny it on theoretical grounds, but we can’t. So we must revise our theories

It can be easy to take the influence of Brian Eno on music today for granted.
Listened S 4 E 17 Who is Banksy from S 4 E 17 Who is Banksy

Seth Godin explains that we are moving away from where something came from and what it does for us.

In the Q and A section, Godin provides his own origin story is having the confidence to speak up when you have a story to tell.

Listened What oil companies knew: the great climate cover-up – podcast from the Guardian

Author Bill McKibben on how industry lobbying created 30-year barrier to tOil firms are said to have known for decades of the link between burning fossil fuels and climate breakdown. Author Bill McKibben describes how industry lobbying created a 30-year barrier to tackling the crisis.ackling crisis.

Listened The elusive edge of Innovation from Radio National

Are entrepreneurs the great innovators we’re told they are? What if the ideal of the lone genius is simply a myth? Innovation is a buzz term that’s become so over-used as to be almost meaningless. It’s time to be more innovative in our understanding of innovation.

Antony Funnell explores the question of innovation. This includes what constitutes innovation, who is actually innovative and why the idea of the great innovator is often a myth. It is interesting to listen to this alongside Rolin Moe’s negative history.