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Why did Farmer Fred go home?

I was pretty chuffed when I returned home to my family farm and ABC Midwest and Wheatbelt wanted to do a story on me. The story was an instant online hit, racking up tens-of-thousands of views within minutes of being posted. It was also broadcast on ABC Local Radio and made the Country Hour on Radio National, which shows how one good piece of content can be repackaged in various ways. Just like...

Digital Addiction: Are you affected?

I’m always going on about how great technology is and how our lives are being changed for the better. So I wanted to balance out that with an opinion piece (backed by research) which I will start with a simple question: How often do you check your phone in a day? Or rather, how often do you put your phone down in a day? Do you ever feel as if your phone is ruining your life instead of improving...

How changing viewing habits affect the quality of TV production

When the first television was invented in 1927 by Philo Taylor Farnsworth, no one ever imagined that it would become the massive industry that it is today. You see, for decades, television was like cinema’s poor cousin. The TV was not even close to being as entertaining as it is today since movie stars never appeared on the few low-budget TV shows that aired back in the day. There were no 24-hour...

A beginners guide to Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency

Bitcoin and cryptocurrency have become very familiar terms in the last year but, what do they mean? A cryptocurrency is a digital asset that serves as a medium of financial exchange. It uses cryptography to control the production of extra units and to protect its transactions. Bitcoin is a type of digital currency that operates independently, using encryption to regulate the creation of more...

Australians embrace sharing economy

A sharing economy is an economic system where assets or services are divided between individuals free or at a fee, mostly over the internet. It has really taken off in recent years with advances in technology and easy access to the internet. Australians have not been left behind and are embracing the shared economy in their daily lives. Research from peer-to-peer lender, RateSetter shows that...

How helping others helped me

A few years ago, a good friend of mine was volunteering for a charity in Thailand, who promised a trip to help build schools in regions affected by poverty. When he returned, he told me of his disappointment with the trip, that it felt more like a tourist venture for people to throw their holiday money at, get a few photos of them laying some bricks, and spend the rest of their time on vacation...