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Inside Story: The First Ten Years

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Released in late 2018, Inside Story: The First Ten Years is a collection of current affairs and cultural essays and analysis affecting Australia and the world. While the news media is increasingly brief and stretched for time, the detailed and in-depth writings found in Inside Story are designed to provide insight through a wider political and historical context.

Edited by Peter Browne, Inside Story features commentary, reviews and essays from expert writers on the biggest changes in politics and society at large, from the very beginning of the subprime mortgage crisis, to the Victorian bushfires, to the start of Australia’s political turmoil and the fall of Kevin Rudd.

Insidestory.org was launched a decade ago as an independent voice to guide readers through what would become an exciting (and often turbulent) ten years. The articles chosen for this tenth anniversary edition strike a balance between the academic and journalistic traditions and reflect the diversity of an ever-changing Australian media landscape.

The collection features such writers as Sophie Black, Tom Griffiths, Maria Tumarkin and Andrew Leigh, and retails at $29.95. It represents a successful first ten years for this online magazine, which is now a fixture of Australian news media.

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DETAILS

FORMAT: Paperback

SIZE: 156mm × 234mm

EXTENT: 392pp

ISBN (13): 978-0-6482096-0-7

PUBLICATION DATE: 31 October 2018


 

Uncontained: Digital Disconnection and the Experience of Time

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Robert Hassan believes that we are ‘trapped in a digital prison of constant distraction’, and that the time we spend on screens is draining more from us than hours in the day.

So what happens when we remove technology altogether?

In order to break free from the ‘digital prison’, Hassan booked a passage on a container ship and spent five weeks travelling from Melbourne to Singapore – disconnected and essentially alone. In this space of isolation and reflection, he was able to reconnect with lost memories and interrogate the temporality of time.

‘Take your eyes from the screen and look around you, in the train, in traffic, in the street and in the classroom. And think of all those uncountable others in rooms in homes and offices, who just sit there, connected but alone.’

Professor Robert Hassan researches and teaches in the Media and Communications program at the University of Melbourne. Uncontained is a must-read for anyone who feels the encroachment of the digital on their inner world.

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Professor Robert Hassan

Reviews

‘A real-world adventure, and a deft combination of ethnography, memoir and scholarship lightly applied …’

—Professor Stephen Muecke (University of Adelaide)

‘Immensely readable, interesting and funny … Hassan’s theoretical insights on technology and its consequences for our perception of time are important and relevant to anyone (which is everyone) living in our digital age.’

—Jeremy George, ‘What we’re reading’, Readings


DETAILS

FORMAT: Paperback

SIZE: 156mm x 234mm

EXTENT: 300

ISBN: 9780648209614

PUB DATE: 29 July 2019