Game Over

Journalism, Opinion, Weekend Sunrise

I’m a big fan of computer games.

Trust me, I’ve played more than my fair share. Ever since my friend gave me a copy of Age of Empires out of a cereal box, I’ve been somewhat addicted to both games and cereal.

But for an industry worth an estimated $93 billion worldwide and projected to grow to over $100 billion in the next two years, it’s high time game manufacturers became more responsible for their actions.

Gaming Revenue

 

I think the gaming industry is irresponsible for three reasons. Firstly, for such an immersive medium it often fails to adequately educate us. Secondly, it seems indifferent about influencing the minds of younger generations. And thirdly, it fails it disclose information that is of vital importance to its consumers.

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School Is Out!

Journalism, Opinion

“I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.”                 – Mark Twain

I’ve often quoted Mark Twain in jest. Now I’m realising his words are worryingly applicable. Never before have we been so economically and culturally invested in education… and never before has it been failing at the rate it is today.

Source: Data from Board of Studies NSW

Source: Data from Board of Studies NSW

A Bright Future

Opinion, Weekend Sunrise

Australia’s future is in solar energy.

Consider this. Since 1977 the cost of photovoltaic cells (PV) has dropped by over 99%, from $76/watt in 1977 to $0.36/watt in 2014.

Watt does that mean? Well a typical 4 kW system – which can essentially power all household needs – is now about $6,000. Solar panels are constantly getting cheaper and more efficient and they will continue to do so.

Source: Bloomberg, New Energy Finance

Source: Bloomberg, New Energy Finance

Surviving Hitler

Journalism, Weekend Sunrise

28 June 2014

We interviewed this 91yo Holocaust survivor yesterday.

There was such passion and vivid detail in his story I was almost crying (Andrew O’Keefe too). Harry is one of the last people who physically experienced the Holocaust. His story is as close as you can get to understanding what happened. I am honoured to have heard it.

Below is the extended online edition of the segment that was broadcast on Weekend Sunrise.