I. Oh hey, surf media!
Surf media is such an interesting world.
I used to consume it voraciously, reading everything I could find - every book, magazine, website, and blog. I was trying to understand it, to understand the world it was describing, to see the patterns and themes as well as the points of difference and resistance. I wasn't out to create a typology or anything like that, but to get my head around what it is that we say to ourselves as writers, editors, photographers and readers. I wanted to know who was talking and who might be reading and to know what was missing from these stories; to find the gaps.
It didn't take long for me to turn away from mainstream print magazines, in which I…
As someone who is interested in the ways people, experiences, ideas, relationships and places are represented - in how we come to know them - social media fascinates me. What we're all willing to share, to repost, to like, comment on, and talk about offline, gives lots of insight into other aspects of our lives and thoughts and relationships.
Each social media - e.g. Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, LinkedIn, Twitter - is different and allows us to do different things. For example, one that I use and study (a little), Instagram, claims to offer a behind the scenes look into people's lives, allowing us to share fragments of our days with each other. And for me, that's certainly the best of it. When I was living in New Zealand, Instagram let me remain a part of my friend's daily lives in a mundane way. Yes, it's all selected and filtered and cropped and edited and reframed to be as pretty as possible, but when it comes to people I know, I could read through all that, s…
surfing again lately. Not as much as I’d like, but surfing. In fact, I managed
to surf twice this week! Twice! Once down on the Gold Coast and on Sunday, up
on the Sunshine Coast. To my shame, I still don’t know the coastlines of south
east Queensland very well, so it’s always very hit and miss for me in terms of
where I go and why. Since I surf so little at the moment, mostly I’m just happy
to get in the water anyway. In the
past, I use to avoid the Gold Coast, because it has a reputation for a
localised, aggressive, male-dominated, shortboard culture. There have been many
surf reports of violence there over the years, and the things I’ve often read
in surf media and research spaces have deepened these assumptions. When it’s
come up as an option, the idea of surfing there made me nervous in advance. But
I’ve surfed there a bit over the years – at Currumbin and Burleigh and Rainbow
and Snapper and Duranbah – and I’ve never had any experiences to back this up. I’m
on a longboa…