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David Holmes

David Holmes

Senior Lecturer, Communications and Media Studies, Monash University

David is a political analyst, social theorist and media scholar. He completed a major in Media Studies at Swinburne University, a BA (Hons) in Politics and Social Theory and a PhD in Social Theory (Department of the History and Philosophy of Science) from the University of Melbourne, where he was awarded the Dwight prize for political science.

He is author or editor of four books in the sociology of communications including: Virtual Politics: Identity and Community in Cyberspace (Sage 1997) and Virtual Globalisation: Virtual Spaces, Tourist Spaces (Routledge 2001), Communication Theory: Media, Technology and Society (Sage 2005) and a Key Concepts in Media and Communications (Sage 2011) co-authored with Paul Jones (UNSW) Over eleven years, he has also co-authored four editions of an analysis of Australian society: Australian sociology (2003, 2007 and 2011, 2014) with Roberta Julian and Katie Hughes. For the last two editions he has written a new chapter on the sociology of climate change.

Fake news and god's wrath: extreme hurricane politics in the US

Sep 11, 2017 08:16 am UTC| Insights & Views Politics Nature

The devastating scenes of destruction and flooding in the Bahamas and the southern states of the US have captivated the world for many weeks now. Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, and Hurricane Jose soon to follow, have stolen...

With battery storage to the rescue, the Kodak moment for renewables has finally arrived

Mar 20, 2017 02:12 am UTC| Technology

Who would have thought that, scarcely five weeks after Treasurer Scott Morrison, paraded a chunk of coal in parliament, planning for Australias energy needs would be dominated by renewables, batteries and hydro? For...

Playing politics with renewables: how the right is losing its way

Feb 25, 2017 13:01 pm UTC| Insights & Views Politics

This summer has seen a concerted attack on renewable energy coming out of Canberra, featuring everyone from One Nation senator Malcolm Roberts to Coalition ministers channelling the far right of their party. So absurd and...

Climate Change Series

'We must keep the lights on': how a cyclone was used to attack renewables

Oct 04, 2016 08:17 am UTC| Nature

The mid-latitude cyclone with no name that hit South Australia last week, spawning two tornadoes and 80,000 electricity strikes, destroyed 22 massive transmission towers carrying electricity across the state. The...

Social Media Revolution Series

Climate Change Series

Climate change makes a comeback – with the help of social media

Jun 14, 2016 07:44 am UTC| Insights & Views Nature

In what has been shaping up as the election that forgot climate change, there are signs emerging in the Coalitions election campaign that it is starting to listen to polls, its own focus groups and social media chat on...

Climate Change Series

Why has climate change disappeared from the Australian election radar?

May 23, 2016 09:33 am UTC| Insights & Views Politics

Two weeks into a protracted election campaign, it is looking ever-more likely that climate change is to be placed way down the order of business at least for the major parties. The contest over climate change that...

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91% of workers satisfied with remote working

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Afghanistan inks $160 million solar and wind power deal with US, Turkey, India.

Afghanistan signed a $160 million solar photovoltaic and wind power project deal with the US Agency for International Development (USAID), Turkey, and India that will bolster its grid by 110 megawatts in the next 16...

UAE, Israel eye energy, infrastructure cooperation

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S. Korean healthcare and cosmetics exports surge 42% in August

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CaixaBank's acquisition of Bankia to create Spain's largest bank

CaixaBank will acquire state-owned Bankia in an all-share deal that would create Spains largest bank with total assets exceeding $786.6 billion. The deal will help the companies tackle dwindling profitability due to the...

Politics

World War 3: Viral video of Chinese soldiers crying mocked on social media in the midst of border conflict with India

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Joe Biden: Cindy McCain endorses Democratic nominee

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Barack Obama reminds Americans what is at stake in 2020 elections in new video

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Ivanka Trump: New book reveals First Daughter's trademark requests in China fast-tracked after Donald Trump's election

There have been concerns surrounding Donald Trumps eldest daughter and White House adviser Ivanka Trumps business dealings even as she works in the executive branch. A recent report reveals the trademark requests Ms. Trump...

Science

COVID-19 cure: UK-based researchers make breakthrough in finding 'druggable pocket' in coronavirus

When it comes to finding or developing a cure for the coronavirus or COVID-19, scientists are still in the midst of research and development with some already moving on to preliminary testing. As a definitive cure for the...

Aliens: Scientists present technique to detect water on exoplanets in search for life

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Climate change: Arctic sea ice reaches second record low

Although the world is suffering from the effects of climate change, colder regions such as Greenland and the Arctic are the worst hit. A recent report has revealed that the situation in the Arctic does not appear to do any...

NASA: Expert reveals the budget required to bring astronauts back to the Moon

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Technology

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Google Pixel 5 leaks lack 120Hz refresh rate but include 8GB RAM, 4K60 video mode, and a 4,000mAh battery

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‘No Man’s Sky: Origins’ delivers ‘millions of untouched new worlds’

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Can ‘Rainbow Six Quarantine’ be released in 2020?

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The full release of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is just around the corner. This also means that the annual beta tests before the games launch are also set. However, video game players should note that only those with...
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