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Author: Martin Feld

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Join Martin on his lounge each week as he overthinks everything. Each episode is one of two distinct formats: a monologic stream of thoughts on how media and technology affect our lives; or conversation with guests about topics that are important to them.
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43. Trio and Tenet

43. Trio and Tenet

2020-09-11--:--

In this quick update, I discuss my shared launch of a new podcast, called Hemispheric Views (with friends and fellow microbloggers Andrew and Jason) and reflect on a recent trip to the cinema with Natasha to see Christopher Nolan’s Tenet. Notes Hemispheric Views 001: Tim Tam Slams! podcast episode The foyer of the Gala Cinema … Continue reading "43. Trio and Tenet"
I’m joined by Craig Nealon to discuss what sparked his long-term interest in technology, the products and apps that have inspired his creative work over the years and the art of predicting whether devices will succeed or flop. Notes Betamax Macintosh 128K MacDraw MacPaint MacWrite Macintosh TV Apple Newton Apple QuickTake QuickTime VR HyperCard McLuhan’s … Continue reading "42. Early Adoption with Special Guest Craig Nealon"
We tend to think of history as something that exists purely in the past or in photos, however it can return in odd, little ways that can surprise us—even in places that we know well. Notes ‘minimal web’ on mnmlist More information about Globe Lane in Wollongong on Weekend Notes An article about Wollongong’s semi-controversial … Continue reading "41. Accidental Urban Archaeology"
This week, fellow Microblogger Miraz Jordan joins me to discuss the value of simplicity in our lives, whether in using plain language, finding ways to be kinder to the planet or even just being willing to leave a rubbish TV show halfway through a season. Find Miraz Online Miraz Jordan on Micro.blog: miraz.me Notes AltaVista … Continue reading "40. Simplicity with Special Guest Miraz Jordan"
For this episode, I’m joined by friends (and fellow Micro.blog users) Andrew Canion and Jason Burk. We speak about our shared love of digital technology, the pros and cons of product and network lock-in, the trials and tribulations of email and differences in coffee culture. Find Andrew and Jason Online Andrew Canion: andrewcanion.com Jason Burk: … Continue reading "39. International Mac Nerds with Special Guests Andrew Canion and Jason Burk"
38. Typos and Consoles

38. Typos and Consoles

2020-08-14--:--

I ruminate on the perceived authority of print and consider how we define the word ‘computer’ in 2020. Notes Dithering podcast by Ben Thompson and John Gruber Ellul, J., 1964, The Technological Society; translated from the French by John Wilkinson; with an introd. by Robert K Merton, Knopf. ‘iPad Pro — What’s a Computer?’ on … Continue reading "38. Typos and Consoles"
37. New Ways

37. New Ways

2020-08-06--:--

Often we just do the same old thing—going around in circles. When we do find a new way, we don’t always stop to appreciate how it has affected us. In this episode, I discuss some of my own new ways: mind mapping; using a horribly designed (but useful) app and a different way of using … Continue reading "37. New Ways"
This week, I chat with David Sharpe, who is undertaking PhD research into entrepreneurship in the creative industries in Australia (through the University of Wollongong). He is particularly interested in the journeys that entrepreneurs take and the narratives that they create about them. I ask him to explain his background, motivation and process and we … Continue reading "36. Mapping Entrepreneurial Narratives with Special Guest David Sharpe"
35. Personas and Pets

35. Personas and Pets

2020-07-23--:--

For this episode, I explore the concept of persona—just how many people make up the person that is you?—and I discuss my own experience of having furry and feathered companions while working from home. Notes Marshall, P.D. and Barbour, K., 2015, ‘Making Intellectual Room for Persona Studies: a New Consciousness and a Shifted Perspective’, in … Continue reading "35. Personas and Pets"
This week, I discuss a range of topics: the value of individual reading; what Twitter’s purpose is as a company; how ever-changing corporate names can become confusing; and the function of the TV recap in the streaming era. Notes Carpenter, E., 1966, ‘The New Languages’, in E. Carpenter and M. McLuhan (eds), Explorations in Communication: … Continue reading "34. Corporate Identity and the Art of Recapping"
33. We Meet at Screens

33. We Meet at Screens

2020-07-11--:--

Television sets have long determined not only where our furniture goes, but also how we interact with others at home. Are things now changing in this physical space to reflect our own individual use of smaller, mobile screens? Notes Rushkoff, D., 1994, Media Virus!: Hidden Agendas in Popular Culture, 1st ed., Ballantine Books. The Frame … Continue reading "33. We Meet at Screens"
Turn on your TV to watch a sporting match in Australia and you’re sure to see advertisements for various betting apps and services. Of particular concern is how these advertisements can affect and are understood by children. To learn more, I invited Dr. Hannah Pitt (Postdoctoral Research Fellow in public health at Deakin University) to … Continue reading "32. Tackling Sports Betting with Special Guest Dr. Hannah Pitt"
Every year, on a particular day in June, I get up at 3:00 am in Australia to watch Apple’s WWDC keynote address. This year’s was really impressive and in this episode, I summarise the most exciting updates. There is, however one part of this story—almost too quickly forgotten—that needs to be addressed and I tell … Continue reading "31. WWDC and the Reality Distortion Field"
This week, I reflect briefly on the history of radio, discuss the need for more international content in TV streaming and share the story of a bizarre photo album that went from digital to print. Notes Porter, J., 2016, Lost Sound: The Forgotten Art of Radio Storytelling, The University of North Carolina Press. Little America … Continue reading "30. The Martin Feld Retail Photo Collection"
29. Mass versus Niche

29. Mass versus Niche

2020-06-10--:--

Niche communities, identities and communication channels—they are a sign of the great diversity of interests, views and cultural groups in our society… but they can also be a sign of fragmentation. In a world that’s brimming with super-specific feeds, tailored content and targeted advertising, could some mass media actually offer a better way of engaging … Continue reading "29. Mass versus Niche"
These days, most people take their devices for granted. As an antidote to this, I speak with fellow Microblogger and tech hobbyist, Andrew Canion. We share our early memories of computing, our current preferences, touch-typing origin stories and how we both ended up choosing the Mac as the hub of our digital lives. Last, we … Continue reading "28. A Potted Computing History with Special Ordinary Guest Andrew Canion"
27. Stillness

27. Stillness

2020-05-28--:--

This week, I discuss the true purpose of technology education, according to Postman—somehow weaving my favourite sci-fi series into it—then conclude by ruminating on what it means to be still. Notes Upgrade episode 299 James Cridland’s tweet Postman, N., 1995, The End of Education : Redefining the Value of School, 1st ed., Knopf. Murphie, A., 2011, … Continue reading "27. Stillness"
26. Bibliophilia

26. Bibliophilia

2020-05-21--:--

I explain my early research into the world of niche tech podcasting and discuss an uncontrollable urge that many people experience: the desire to buy more books than can ever actually be read. Notes ‘The Wonder of Choice’ PhD journal archive ‘Howard Stern Is Getting Ripped Off’ by Andrew Wilkinson on Medium Marco Arment’s tweet … Continue reading "26. Bibliophilia"
This week, in honour of the late, great Jerry Stiller (aka Frank Costanza in Seinfeld), Natasha and I discuss the best TV show in history, how it brought us together and some of Stiller’s most memorable moments as Costanza. Notes Ben Stiller’s sad announcement on Twitter Seinfeld on IMDb Festivus on Wikipedia Source for featured … Continue reading "25. Stiller the Best with Special Guest Natasha Kandilas Feld"
Now that restrictions on visiting others have been relaxed a bit in New South Wales, Pete joined me on the rumination lounge to discuss the power that music has to transport us to different times and places. Notes Middle of Nowhere — 1997 album by Hanson MMMBop — music video by Hanson Glider — 1994 … Continue reading "24. Music as a Time Machine with Special Guest Pete Destry"
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