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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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Economy

Cryptocurrency users in India's small cities up by 2,648%

Cryptocurrency usage and trading are experiencing a boom in Indias small cities with new customers growing by 2,648 percent.as a way of investing and gaining additional money after the Covid-19 pandemic. Nischal Shetty,...

Largest NFT market Opensea launches smartphone application

Opensea marketplace users can now access a wide variety of NFT collections on their smartphones by downloading the application from Apples App Store or the Google Play store. Opensea is the largest NFT market in terms...

Crypto market loses 9% in value amid global market meltdown

Crypto assets have dropped between 7-15 percent in value over the last 24 hours causing the market valuation of all 10,000+ crypto-assets in existence to drop below the $2 trillion, losing over 9 percent in...

Crypto investor sues Apple for offering malicious app tat led to cryptocurrency theft

A crypto investor has sued Apple Inc. for offering a malicious application dubbed Toast Plus in its App Store that led to the theft of her 474 XRP cryptocurrencies. Maryland resident Hadona Diep, a full-time...

Honda president justifies F1 racing exit as they prepare to run in decarbonization race

Hondas decision to stop selling vehicles that emit carbon dioxide by 2040 prompted it to pull out of F1 racing at the end of this season and compete in a decarbonization race from now on, according to company president...

Politics

Joe Biden urged to pressure Joe Manchin to support voting rights

With an evenly divided Senate between the two major political parties, two Democratic Senators stand in the way of bringing forward US President Joe Bidens agenda. An op-ed piece on the New York Times shared that Biden...

Capitol insurrection: ABC reporter says ex-POTUS Donald Trump enjoyed Jan. 6

Disgraced former President Donald Trump was impeached for the second time by the House for his incitement of the insurrection last January 6 that led to five people dead and dozens of police officers being injured. ABC...

Capitol riots: Democratic Rep. compares 'Justice for J6' attendees to detained Jan. 6 insurrectionists

Over the weekend was the so-called Justice for J6 rally as the mob of supporters of disgraced former President Donald Trump looked to paint the insurrectionists last January 6 as political prisoners. Democratic Congressman...

Kamala Harris may meet with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi this week ahead of meeting with Joe Biden

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is slated to visit the US this week for the upcoming Quad alliance summit with the other countries involved. Before his meeting with US President Joe Biden, Modi may be meeting with Vice...

Science

S. Korea's POSCO, Hyundai to use oyster shell waste for steelmaking

S. Korean steelmakers POSCO and Hyundai Steel Co. will start using oyster shells as a secondary base material for producing steel. Both firms have been developing a recycling technology with a local oyster shell...

S. Korea to develop solar-powered drone that could carry 20 kg to stratosphere

South Korea will invest 37.47 billion won in developing a solar-powered drone that could carry over 20 kilograms in the stratosphere and with natural disaster monitoring capability by 2025. The drone will serve as an...

S. Korean scientists develop 3D printing ink from sunflower pollen

A group of South Korean scientists from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore managed to develop 3D printing ink material from sunflower pollen. The research team led by professor Cho Nam-joon first incubated...

Kumho Petrochemical to produce eco-friendly rubber compound out of rice bran

Kumho Petrochemical Co. will produce an eco-friendly synthetic rubber compound made of rice bran-based bio-silica. Silica improves fuel efficiency, braking power, and wear resistance of synthetic rubber for...

From CRISPR to glowing proteins to optogenetics – scientists' most powerful technologies have been borrowed from nature

Watson and Crick, Schrdinger and Einstein all made theoretical breakthroughs that have changed the worlds understanding of science. Today big, game-changing ideas are less common. New and improved techniques are the...

Technology

‘Outcast 2: A New Beginning’ is ‘coming soon’ after a 20-year delay

Belgium-based video game studio Appeal is finally close to launching Outcast 2 more than two decades since its development was first announced. It was confirmed during THQ Nordics 10th-anniversary celebrations as one of...

Activision extends ‘Call of Duty: Vanguard’ open beta for two days

The Call of Duty: Vanguard open beta for all platforms was initially planned to run until Monday. The good news to gamers who have yet to try it or have just started playing is that Activision added a couple of extra days...

Google Pixel 6 Pro could feature up to 33W charging speed

The Pixel 6 series is expected to launch with a number of upgrades, so it is expected to include the most powerful phones from Google. The latest leak offers more details on battery-related enhancements, suggesting that...

Microsoft Surface Pro 8 specs might include dual Thunderbolt ports

Microsoft is expected to unveil a slate of new Surface products this week, and the Surface Pro 8 is likely one of them. A leak published just a few days before the launch event has suggested that the upcoming 2-in-1 tablet...

Display analyst says Huawei Mate 50 Pro could launch in late 2021

Slammed with trade bans, Huawei has had a very different year in 2021 that led to the delayed launch of the P50 series and the rumored absence of the Mate 50 line. However, a new report has suggested that the latter could...
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