Contributors - B

Melike Turkan Bagli

Melike Turkan Bagli was born in Ankara in 1971. She graduated from the Department of Psychological Services in Education at Ankara University in the Faculty of Educational Sciences in 1992, and eceived her degrees of MA (1996) and Ph.D. (2002) from Ankara University, Department of Psychological Services in Education. She has worked as a research assistant at Ankara University, received a scholarship from the Turkish Academy of Sciences, and conducted her research with Prof. Roger Desmond at the University of Hartford in the USA. Her research interests are media and family and human rights education. She still works at Ankara University, Faculty of Educational Sciences.

Jason Bainbridge

Jason Bainbridge is an Associate Lecturer in Journalism and Media Studies at the University of Tasmania. He has previously published on law, television, merchandising and comic books and is currently working on a textbook on Media and Journalism for Oxford University Press.

Su Ballard

Su Ballard is Head of Theory and History of Art in the School of Art, Otago Polytechnic, Dunedin, New Zealand. She teaches visual culture, digital aesthetics and critical theory. She recently submitted her PhD at the College of Fine Art, UNSW, Sydney. Her PhD argues for a new framework for digital materiality in art installation and gallery environments and focuses on works by Australian and New Zealand artists working in international contexts. Su is also an artist and musician. She is deputy chair of The Physics Room, Christchurch, and is currently editing the ADA Aotearoa Digital Arts reader.


Mark Balnaves

Professor Mark Balnaves is Chair of New Media at Edith Cowan University. He has published on the diffusion of media in the Penguin publication Atlas of Media and Information, on research methods in the Sage publication Introduction to Quantitative Methods and on audiences and media ratings the University of Queensland Press book Mobilising the Audience.

John Banks

John Banks is about to commence the final year of his Ph.D. in the English Department of the University of Queensland; he is researching the cultural practices of computer gaming. Keenly interested in the experiences of computer players, he invites all feedback from readers of his articles, particularly from fellow gamers.

Thomas Barker

Thomas Barker is a PhD Student in Sociology at the National University of Singapore. He is conducting his dissertation research on the film and music ‘piracy’ in Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia.

Tim Barker

Tim Barker is a PhD candidate at the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales. His research interests are interactive new media, philosophies of time in relation to new media, and the narrative theory of interactive cinema. Tim is also a sessional academic at COFA and at the Australian Catholic University.

Belinda Barnet

Belinda Barnet is a tutor and doctoral candidate in the department of Media & Communications, Macquarie University, Sydney. She has published in various places online and in print about virtual culture, virtual art, artificial life and hypertext theory. Currently she is trying to turn the computer off more and learn to play outside.

Derek Barry

Derek Barry is a Brisbane based IT project manager and also a third year journalism student at Griffith University. He writes daily on socio-political news and events at the “Woolly Days” blog. Derek would not join any organisation that would admit him as a member.


Alison Bartlett

Alison Bartlett teaches cultural studies and women’s studies at the University of Western Australia. She has written on Australian literature, écriture féminine, feminist pedagogy, and has an enduring interest in locating the self in writing. Her more recent book is Breastwork: Rethinking Breastfeeding (UNSW Press 2005).


Lexey A. Bartlett

Lexey A. Bartlett is an assistant professor of English at Fort Hays State University, the westernmost of the Kansas Regents’ institutions and the centre of intellectual activity in the centre of the US. She teaches writing and literature, and her current scholarly projects include work on disability; racial, sexual, and gender identity; and hybridity in contemporary world literature. She graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2005 with a dissertation on multiple identity in postmodernist fiction. To quote Borges (in translation), “I do not know which of us has written this page.”

Scott Beattie

With a background in censorship law, Scott Beattie works in law and media regulation at Victoria University and has co-authored the book Connect + Converge: Australian Media and Communications Law (2006) with Elizabeth Beal from the Communications Law Centre. Scott is currently working on the regulatory aspects of the ‘morality systems’ in interactive media and on the censorship of new media.

Wendy Beck

Wendy Beck is an Associate Professor in Archaeology at the University of New England, Armidale, NSW, Australia. Her research interests include Australian archaeology and World Heritage places. She does interdisciplinary research in place studies.

Sharon Beder

Sharon Beder is associate professor of Science, Technology and Society at the University of Wollongong and author of Selling the Work Ethic: From Puritan Pulpit to Corporate PR (London: Zed Books, 2000,


Craig Bellamy

Craig Bellamy is an historian with an interest in emergent technologies as means to engage with our past. Craig is the author of the web site Globalisation and the Everyday City and is now completing a book on the Melbourne Moomba Festival, Australia's oldest outdoor festival.


Melissa Bellanta

Melissa Bellanta is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Queensland, working in the Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies. She is a cultural historian interested in popular theatre in late-nineteenth and early-twentieth-century Australia. Her work appears in the Journal of Australian Studies, History Australia, Labour History, the Journal of Religious History, and elsewhere. She also writes a blog on her work in progress and scholarly life:


David Bennett

David Bennett was born in London, England in 1942, married an Australian charmer in 1967, and came to Australia in 1973. After working for twelve years at the Queensland Book Depot (1973-85), David suffered mid-life crisis in 1985, gave up work and wrote a book. Since then David is the successful author of three publications: William Booth: The Founder of the Salvation Army, Moody and Sankey: Evangelistsand The End of the World Is Near! Or Is It?His fourth, entitled The Altar Call: Its Origins and Present Usage, will be privately published in 2000 (David is an evangelical Christian who is not expecting the end of the world before then!). Having gained a Bachelor of Theology (1988-1990) and a Masters of Theology with Merit (1998) though the Australian College of theology, The Altar Callis a revision of his Masters thesis. David was brought up as a Methodist, became a Baptist in 1965 and later, seeing the light, became a Presbyterian in 1995. He is presently a member of Camp Hill Presbyterian Church in Brisbane.

Paul Benneworth

Paul Benneworth has been working at the University of Newcastle, UK, since 1996, having done a geography degree at Oxford University, which included six months in Australia. Alice Springs changed the way he thought about geography, culture and landscapes for ever.


Arthur Asa Berger

Arthur Asa Berger, writer, artist and self-appointed secret agent (recruited or designated as a secret agent by George Gerbner), is professor of Broadcast & Electronic Communication Arts at San Francisco State University, where he has taught (some would dispute this description) since 1965. Berger has published 40 books on media, pop culture, humour and related concerns. Among his recent books are Media Analysis Techniques, 2nd edition (Sage), Ads, Fads & Consumer Culture(Rowman & Littlefield), and Media & Communication Research Methods(Sage). He has also written four malicious, hostile, anti-establishment (and some might say anti-intellectual) academic mysteries about murderous professor and university life: Postmortem for a Postmodernist(AltaMira Press), The Hamlet Case(, Die Laughing(Universe), and Murder ad Nauseam(Libris). He is currently writing a book on video games. Berger is semi-retired and only teaches during the Fall semester. He is available for lectures, workshops, and light catering.


Danny Beusch

Danny Beusch is studying for a PhD in Sociology at the University of Warwick. His research interests centre on gender, sexuality, queer theory and the application of online methodologies. He currently teaches on ‘The Social Construction of Masculinities’.

Dean Biron

Dean Biron is presently undertaking PhD research in the School of English, Communication and Theatre, University of New England, Armidale, Australia. His major area of interest is aesthetic values and audience discrimination in contemporary music. He has also conducted extensive research in the field of infant abuse, and is the lead author of an article titled “Perpetrator Accounts in Infant Abusive Head Trauma Brought About by a Shaking Event,” to be published late 2005 in Child Abuse & Neglect: The International Journal.

Gemma Blackwood

Gemma Blackwood is currently a Ph.D. student in the Department of English with Cultural Studies at the University of Melbourne. Her research subject examines the relationship held between popular cinema and so-called "interactive" technologies, spaces and practices.

Lisa Bode

Lisa Bode was recently awarded a PhD in the School of Theatre, Film and Dance at the University of New South Wales. Her doctoral thesis is titled “From Shadow Citizens to Teflon Stars: Cultural Responses to the Digital Actor”. In her previous life she was an apprentice sushi chef and a porno theatre cashier. Lisa’s current research interests include cultural histories of media, science fiction cinema and literature, Japanese horror films, and the cruel and the sordid in recent British television comedy.

Megan Boler

Megan Boler is an Associate Professor at OISE/University of Toronto where she teaches graduate studies in education, philosophy, and media. Her book Feeling Power: Emotions and Education was published by Routledge in 1999, and she recently published an edited collection Democratic Dialogue in Education: Troubling Speech, Disturbing Silences (Peter Lang, 2004). Her multimedia Website Critical Media Literacy in Times of War is widely used, and she has collaboratively produced a study guide to accompany the 2003 documentary The Corporation. In 2005 she was one of five external fellows invited to the Dartmouth Humanities Center Institute on Cyberdisciplinarity. She has just been awarded a three-year grant, “Rethinking Media, Democracy and Citizenship: New Media Practices and Online Digital Dissent after September 11.”


Matthew Bolton

Matthew Bolton received his Ph.D. in English in 2005 from the City University of New York, where he wrote a dissertation on T. S. Eliot and Robert Browning. He is currently working on a book on Victorian Modernism.

Michael C. Bolton

Michael C. Bolton received his MA from the School of Cinema-TV at the University of Southern California. He is currently a freelance writer living in Los Angeles.

Frances Bonner

Dr Frances Bonner is a lecturer at the Department of English at the University of Queensland. Frances has just realised she's been at UQ for seven years and this means the relationship is serious. This could compensate for the fact that it feels like most other parts of her work life are regarded as trivial -- she teaches and researches in the areas of television, magazines and science fiction and should be publishing soon (with Graeme Turner and David Marshall) on the production of Australian celebrity.

Leesa Bonniface

Leesa is currently working as a researcher in the School of Communications and Contemporary Arts and is also a lecturer for the School of Exercise, Biomedical and Health Sciences at Edith Cowan University. She is completing a PhD thesis which addresses the role of “community” in supporting heart patients. Together with the National Heart Foundation (WA Division), Leesa has established a Website, HeartNET, to explore the notion of an online therapeutic community particularly for rural/remote settings.


Tara Brabazon

Tara Brabazon is the Professor of Media in the School of Computing, Mathematics and Information Sciences at the University of Brighton and Director of the Popular Culture Collective. She is the author of six books: Tracking the Jack - A Retracing of the Antipodes (Sydney: University of New South Wales Press, 2000), Ladies Who Lunge: Celebrating Difficult Women (Sydney: University of New South Wales Press, 2002), Digital Hemlock: Internet Education and the Poisoning of Teaching (Sydney: University of New South Wales Press, 2002), Liverpool of the South Seas: Perth and Its Popular Music (Nedlands: University of Western Australia Press, 2005), From Revolution to Revelation: Generation X, Popular Memory, Cultural Studies (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2005) and Playing on the Periphery: Sport, Identity and Memory (London: Routledge, 2006). Tara is a former National Teaching Award winner and finalist for Australian of the Year.


Dale A. Bradley

Dale A. Bradley is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communications, Popular Culture, and Film at Brock University (Canada). His primary research interests centre upon the critical analysis of discursive constructions of digital culture(s).

Sheryl Brahnam

Sheryl Brahnam is associate professor at Missouri State University in the department of Computer Information Systems. She has an MFA in art from The City College of New York and a Ph.D. in computer science from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Her research areas include medical support systems, “smart embodiment” for embodied agents, and theoretical discussions regarding human-like interfaces in cultural and business domains.


Donna Lee Brien

Associate Professor Donna Lee Brien is Head, School of Arts and Creative Enterprise at the Central Queensland University, Rockhampton, Australia. Widely published in the areas of writing praxis and pedagogy, creative nonfiction and collaborative practice in the arts, Donna was founding co-editor of dotlit: The Online Journal of Creative Writing (2000-2004) and assistant editor of Imago: New Writing (1999-2003) and Imago: Online (2000-2003). Currently an associate editor of New Writing: The International Journal for the Practice and Theory of Creative Writing (UK) and a member of the Board of Readers for Writing Macao, Donna is the President of the Australian Association of Writing Programs.

Andreas Broeckmann

Andreas Broeckmann currently lives in Berlin and Rotterdam. He is working as a project manager at V2_Organisation, a Rotterdam-based centre for art and media technology, where he has co-curated programmes for the Dutch Electronic Art Festivaland the Next 5 Minutes: Tactical Mediaconference. He is maintaining the V2_East/Syndicatemailing list, which distributes information about electronic arts events among more than seventy artists, curators and institutions in most European countries. In his recent work he is developing ideas for a machinic aesthetics of media art.

Andrew R. Brown

Dr. Andrew R. Brown is an Associate Professor in music and coordinator of the Computational Arts Research Group, at the Queensland University of Technology and the Digital Media Program Manager for the Australasian CRC for Interaction Design (ACID). Dr. Brown’s expertise is in technologies that support creativity, algorithmic music and art, and the philosophy of technology. His current research focuses on adaptive music for computational arts and interactive entertainment. He is an active computer musician and a builder of software tools for dynamic content creation.


Cameron Browne

Cameron Browne is a professional software engineer with degrees in Computer Science and Psychology, and an interest in the intersection of these two disciplines from a visual perspective. He has spent the last few years researching automatic font decoration and animation for Canon and Microsoft. The paper "Rep-tiles with woven horns" draws on elements from his unfinished PhD, previous unfinished work projects, and his current unfinished investigations into mathematical artwork.

Sandra Brunet

Sandra Brunet is enrolled as a PhD student in the Department of English at the University of Queensland. Her research deals with tourism and commodification, particularly the commodification of landscape and wildlife in nature-based tourism. Field work includes a case study on Kangaroo Island.

Axel Bruns

Dr Axel Bruns is a Senior Lecturer in the Creative Industries Faculty at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia. He is the author of Blogs, Wikipedia, Second Life and Beyond: From Production to Produsage (2008) and Gatewatching: Collaborative Online News Production (2005), and the editor of Uses of Blogs with Joanne Jacobs (2006; all released by Peter Lang, New York). His book Gatewatching was nominated for the 2006 Communications Policy Research Award at Fordham University's Donald McGannon Communication Research Center, and he contributes to the group blog with Jason Wilson and Barry Saunders.

In 1997, Bruns was a co-founder of the premier online academic publisher M/C - Media and Culture, which publishes M/C Journal, M/C Reviews, M/C Dialogue, and the M/Cyclopedia of New Media, and he continues to serve as M/C's General Editor. In 2000, he also co-founded dotlit: The Online Journal of Creative Writing with Donna Lee Brien and Philip Neilsen from QUT's Creative Writing and Cultural Studies discipline.


Angi Buettner

Angi Buettner is a lecturer in Media Studies at Victoria University of Wellington, NZ. She researches in the areas of new media, cultural studies, and environmental studies, with a focus on media and the public sphere.


Emily Bullock

Emily Bullock holds an honours degree in English from the University of Tasmania. She currently lives in suburban London and is interested in the discourses of its underground railway system.

Jean Burgess

Jean Burgess is a PhD student in the Creative Industries Faculty at Queensland University of Technology, where she is studying amateur content creation. She has written on the reception of Internet pornography and did an unmentionable number of hours of content analysis on the ARC-funded "Understanding Pornography in Australia" project.


Alex Burns

Alex Burns is an Australian strategist and writer. He was editor for the news and subculture site Disinformation (1999-2008) and was a senior researcher with the Smart Internet CRC (2003-2007). His current projects include the blog Innovation Services Watch.


Andrew M. Butler

Andrew M. Butler has a Ph.D. in the works of Philip K. Dick and has worked out all the possible double entendres. He has published books on Philip K. Dick, Cyberpunk, and Terry Pratchett and was jointly nominated for a Hugo Award for the edited collection Terry Pratchett: Guilty of Literature. In the interstices he teaches Film, Media Studies and Creative Writing at Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College. He has given up collecting part-time jobs at British universities and university colleges since a) he had a complete set and b) he doesn't have any spare time.