The Red-Nosed Man Discourseth!

Welcome to Jason Ensor's personal microblog for unstructured and uncensored thoughts about screen media, culture, text, technology, reading, history, digital humanities, consumption, virtual worlds, literature, futures studies and Australian society. All opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not represent the views or opinions of any institution or work environment.


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    Jason Ensor, “Angus & Robertson and the Case of the ‘Bombshell Salesman’”, Script & Print 35.2, Burwood, Victoria: Bibliographical Society of Australia and New Zealand (2011): 69-79.

    Will Smithwick, Kevin Reid and Rana Ensor, Black Water Prawning: Drag Netting in the Swan River, Volume 1, Writing Life Australia, general ed. Jason Ensor, Perth: Arts Naked Publications (2011). To order, please visit the website.

    In a technocracy, tools play a central role in the thought-world of the culture. Everything must give way, in some degree, to their development. The social and symbolic worlds become increasingly subject to the requirements of that development. Tools are not integrated into the culture; they attack the culture. They bid to become the culture.

    Neil Postman, Technopoly: The Surrender of Culture to Technology, Vintage (2011): kindle loc 433.

    The decisions we make, the directions we choose, the futures we extinguish and those we enable, all frame and condition the lives of our descendants.

    Richard Slaughter, Futures for the Third Millennium: Enabling the Forward View, St Leonards, New South Wales: Prospect (1999): 5.

    Australian Literature

    Jason Ensor, “Reprints, International Markets and Local Literary Taste: New Empiricism and Australian Literature” in Gillian Whitlock and Victoria Kuttainen (eds), JASAL Special Issue: The Colonial Present, Canberra: Association for the Study of Australian Literature (2008): 198-218.  Available for free as a downloadable PDF.

    New Empiricism

    Jason Ensor, “Still Waters Run Deep: Empirical Methods and the Migration Patterns of Regional Publishers’ Authors and Titles within Australian Literature”, Antipodes: A North American Journal of Australian Literature, Brooklyn, New York: American Association of Australian Literary Studies (2010): 197-208.

    Angus & Robertson

    Jason Ensor, “‘A Policy of Splendid Isolation’: Angus and Robertson, George G. Harrap and the Politics of Co-operation in the Australian Book Trade During the Late 1930s”, Script & Print 34.1, Burwood, Victoria: Bibliographical Society of Australia and New Zealand (2010): 34-42.

    We are social beings who seek communication with others. We are lonely beings as well. Despite our fear of having our essential humanity reduced through comparison with a machine, we begin to relate to the computer whenever it appears to offer some company. When this happens, philosophical concerns are often swept aside.

    Sherry Turkle, Life on the Screen, Great Britain: Orion House (1996): 102.


    The year 2006, which marked the tenth anniversary of John Howard’s Coalition Government, was peculiarly bracketed by two interrelated sets of events (and corresponding media flurries) both problematising the symbolism of the national flag: the Cronulla riots of December 2005, and the nation-wide debate in the media over the ‘banning’ of the Australian flag at the hugely popular travelling music festival Big Day Out … Read more [PDF].

    Digital Humanities

    Jason Ensor, “Is a Picture Worth 10,175 Australian Novels?”, in Katherine Bode and Robert Dixon (eds), Resourceful Reading: The New Empiricism, eResearch and Australian Literary Culture, Sydney: Sydney University Press (2010), pp 240-273.

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