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Class reflection

In Uncategorized on July 30, 2009 at 4:19 am

We did an exercise in class today that was quite useful. Five people discussed their project in detail, what they were trying to achieve, issues, gaps in research etc.

The group wrote notes with suggestions, problems they could foresee, and it was discussed. A good exercise, you can get a little too involved in your project sometimes.

I was being asked who my audience was and what outlet I was making it for. It made me realise that for this project it really is an exploration of niche media. It is not to get a job, or make money, or get thousands of people listening to my podcast. It’s about how you are able to produce and consume media on a very small scale.

I don’t care if only ten people listen tot my podcast. I’m making them for myself to some extent, and also for the other people who may or may not find some value in them. It’s about contributing to the WWW. Being a producer as well as a consumer. And demonstrating just how niche and personalised we can get with our online consumption.



In Uncategorized on July 23, 2009 at 10:42 am

I have been slack on the blogging front! Holy smoke. I just looked back and I have been having far too leisurely a break.

So now I’m back on the blogging wagon.

I’ve recorded the raw content for two episodes, but still need to edit. And after beginning the editing I realise that 12 episodes is probably too much. After meeting with Nasya today I think 10 will be achievable.

…………. 4 hours later……….

I have now been at uni for eleven hours and have almost finished editing episode one. Woo hoo!

Resources for my first podcast on second hand fashion

In Honours blog on July 23, 2009 at 3:18 am

Second hand clothes resources:



“Every dollar Australians spend on new clothes as gifts consumes 20 litres (four gallons) of water and requires 3.4 square metres (37 sq feet) of land in the manufacturing process, it said.

Last Christmas, Australians spent A$1.5 billion (US$1.1 billion) on clothes, which required more than half a million hectares (1.2 million acres) of land to produce, it said.

Water that would approximately fill 42,000 Olympic-sized swimming pools was used in the production of Christmas drinks last December — most was used to grow barley for beer and grapes for wine.”


Whether you’re looking for a hat for the Spring Carnival Races or a tidy evening outfit, Carousel Recycle at 798a Burke Rd in Camberwell gives you a range of options.”


“I OP therefore I am”


Part of the eway to calculate your eco footprint  depends on how many clothes you buy.

Producing clothes has a significant environmental impact, using much water, energy and land. The amount of water used in the production and transport of clothes bought by an average Australian household each year is 150,000 litres – buying second hand clothes or repairing old clothes could save much of this water. Cotton in particular requires a lot of water and often also uses a lot of chemicals. On average worldwide, every new T-shirt made takes about 1.5 kilograms of chemicals (pesticides and fertilizers) to produce.”


“After food, clothing purchases alone have the second highest environmental impact (in terms of land disturbance, energy and water use) of all our consumption activities. The amount of water used in the production and transport of clothes bought by an average Australian household each year is 150,000 litres.

Even products you might think are environmentally neutral, like your favourite band’s latest CD, will often require significant resources to produce. Consider the energy and embodied water used in the creation of the disc, its booklet and packaging, how the CD was transported to the shop and how you travelled to buy it.

Next time you go shopping ask yourself a few questions before making a purchase. For example, how far has this product travelled to reach the shelf? How long will this product last? Is there a better alternative, or do I even need it at all?”


“Clothing: 3.4% of overall household greenhouse gas emissions”

“One cotton t-shirt requires 2000 litres of water”


“For every new t-shirt that you buy roughly 1.5 kilograms of chemicals (pesticides and fertilisers) have been used.

The amount of water used in the production and transport of clothes bought by an average household each year is 150,000 litres – buying second hand clothes or repairing old clothes could save much of this water.”


“By going secondhand and pre-loved, you’re:

  • reducing the amount of time, energy and resources spent on the construction, shipping and sales of new clothes
  • reusing items that aren’t ready to be thrown out yet
  • recycling fashion, in the best tradition of retro-chic!”

My first dérive

In Honours blog on July 3, 2009 at 8:17 am
Well I went on my first official dérive last Sunday night with my dad. And it was lots of fun, I think I’m going to enjoy drifting all over Melbourne.By Don Mudge

By Don Mudge

We went out to dinner and shared a bottle of red (I feel Guy Debord would agree that this isn’t such a bad way to start the dérive) then decided to walk down to Federation Square. On the way to Fed Square we walked past a particularly impressive laneway. The lights in The Atrium were glowing quite beautifully and lit up the graffiti in the lane. Dad is a great photographer and took the opportunity for a bit of street photography. The results are above and below.

By Don Mudge

By Don Mudge

Then after that we checked out the light festival at Fed Square. Took more photos. Then decided we needed some sustenance so drifted into Timeout for some coffees and dessert.

Then more wandering the streets. I’d heard about this Electric graffiti down Lingham Lane and we checked it out. Very cool, a moving projection of graffiti that you could easily walk past twenty times without noticing it. Worth checking out. Turns out there are a bunch of laneway commissions, check out the above link for the rest of them.

Then until about midnight we wandered around taking photos. It’s really nice to not have a particular aim for the evening. To drift and wander around your urban environment. Looking at things you wouldn’t normally take the time to stop and look at.

I think we probably spent 20 minutes sitting on milk crates looking at the electric graffiti. Getting up for cars every now and then that wanted to come down the laneway. I’ve decided to use one of the photos for my podcast blog header.

By Don Mudge

By Don Mudge