24th June 2015 Written by Hannah Greethead Technology

3D Printing: Everything’s Gonna Change

3D printing has been around for a little while now, and it is starting to become clear that the future of this technology is set to be revolutionary. It’s tough to imagine any new development having more influence than the Internet, but 3D printing might just be the one… Imagine a world where you can send people objects in an instant, it’s less like email and more like a fax machine, with products transferred instantly and printed on the spot. 3D printing will disrupt traditional manufacturing and consumption chains, it will change our economy and even the way that our societies function. Pretty crazy! So that might be what is in store for the future, but what about right now?

The 3D printing industry is a lively one with a growing international following. Domestic 3D printers are now relatively accessible (although some are said to be more akin to the $30 printer that sits under your desk than to an awesome machine that perfectly builds any object that you can imagine) and there are now a number of companies offering 3D printing services, all you need to provide is a digital file of your design. But where do you look when you want to learn more about this growing industry? I recommend that you start with an industry insider… Angus Deveson is more than just a 3D printing enthusiast, he plays an active role in the 3D printing community in Australia, having worked for 3D printing companies in Sydney and Freemantle. Angus shares his experiences and advice on his YouTube channel, Maker’s Muse. His thoughtful comments are a great place to start if you’re keen to learn more about this exciting manufacturing technology. Check out his tips for making money in the 3D printing industry below.

 

 

Image: Angus Deveson via Maker's Muse

 

19th December 2013 Written by Adam Disney Pop Cultured

CLICKBAIT THINKPIECE

Stop reading this. Seriously, close the tab – you’re making things worse. You see, everyone is talking way too fucking much. About everything, all the time, from every possible angle. You must have noticed it; slowly but surely, as we enter the Iron Age of the internet, the exchange of information has blossomed and fouled into a vast and bubbling cacophony of turgid opinion. This is problematic, to borrow a beloved phrase.The viral spread of knowing commentary such as this has made it virtually impossible for any sort of mass media event to occur without being followed by the now-standard package of preachy thinkpieces. Miley? Opinions. Mandela? Opinions. Kanye? So many fucking opinions.
3rd October 2013 Written by Ophelia Overton Pop Cultured

ANGRY WEDNESDAY: SOCIETY KILLED THE CELEBRITY

“Celebrity.” The word used to mean something, now it’s just an empty shell of a title for the next wave of automatons to conveniently put on just for the sake of doing so. Paris and Kim may have led the way, but they didn’t come out of nowhere. We may sleep better at night thinking they clawed their way out of the gutter and into the limelight by way of their “skill” rather than thinking we rolled out the red carpet for them, but the sad truth is: society killed the celebrity.

Technology killed the celebrity when it gave them all the tools to invent themselves instead of achieving something. First we gave them the TV to teach them how to act, then we gave them the platform to get out there. The Internet has blurred the lines between producers and consumers so much that there’s no difference anymore. You don’t have to go out to a casting call and convince someone else you’re good, you only need to know you’re a star to be on your way. These days, you’re only ever one filter, one tweet or one YouTube video away from becoming a sensation. All you have to do is give people something to talk about and today’s journalistic standards will make sure your name gets out there.

Consumers killed the celebrity when their craving for constant entertainment outweighed their craving for quality entertainment. We want to be entertained on our phones while we were pretending to listen to someone, we want to be entertained on our tablets while we’re taking the bus and we want to entertained on our laptops when we’re trying to convince ourselves we’re being productive. We have so many devices that need to be filled with content, producers will fill it with anything, even if it’s garbage. Enter reality TV, the ultimate wellspring of those super special socialites.

Capitalism killed the celebrity when they made them into a marketing tool instead of a person. Celebrities are a product of their culture and big business has turned culture industry into a commodity industry. We used to look up to celebrities because they did something, we look up to celebrities now because they are something. They are a brand. They are a commodity to be bought, sold and traded. Big business puts them on our TVs and in our magazines to remind us that if we buy these products we could be just like them! They’re pawns to be paraded around at awards shows to tell people what’s cool or to market the next intellectually devoid Hollywood film.

Society killed the celebrity when they allowed empty reflections of conventional ideals to be something to look up to instead of looking up to those who challenge, change and innovate.

Image credit: Alvaro Tapia Hidalgo

3rd October 2013 Just Listen

ANGRY WEDNESDAY: SOCIETY KILLED THE CELEBRITY

“Celebrity.” The word used to mean something, now it’s just an empty shell of a title for the next wave of automatons to conveniently put on just for the sake of doing so.

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