quote: 'electronic media... work in a virtual realm. they bring images of other places, both public and private, into the home and in doing so, blur the boundaries between place and social space.'
catherine lumby, 'searching for the social in the one-to-one future'.
quote: 'our familiarity with these impacts on local culture is both an asset and a liability. we are experienced in the practice of locality and the interpretation of its expressions. this is, after all, the environment in which the community cultural development work takes place. but we also have a dangerous investment in the possibility of harmonious locality, of a community where the crises of globalism can be healed by a unity of purpose and action. i describe this as a 'dangerous investment' not because i have issues with many of the community building outcomes of our work but because the very notion of a homogenous community disallows what may be the real strengths of the local; its disparate identities, its heterogeneous values, its multiple self definitions, its production of dialogue rather than consensus, its capacity to recreate locality in ever changing configurations.'
marla guppy, 'the edge of centre'.
this is actually a very interesting essay. it touches on that whole idea of psychological borders within the city of sydney, but also in neighbourhood identification, on how a street can be both friendly and unsafe.
something that maybe be of interest to note, even if it is six years out of date: in the 1996 census, the average house income in sydney was $49,000. in melbourne it was $44,500, brisbane, $41,900 and adelaide $37,000.
i wonder what it is now? given the fact that i am... well, so very far from that average, i better not.