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Define: Technophobe

Technophobe – noun. Someone who doesn’t want their news from the Internet. 

All my grandfather wanted from the finance segment of the news was to see how the All Ordinaries were doing. Yet a few hours earlier he was proudly showing me how to check the stock market on his brand new iPhone 5. And that got me thinking. Despite the emphasis we’ve been placing on online journalism and the future of the industry, I think how my grandfather operates gives some insight into why some people stick to their televisions sets and newspapers instead of going online to receive their news. In fact, instead of paying for a subscription to get through the Courier Mail’s paywall when our newspaper subscription ran out, they still go out and buy a paper. Every. Day.

I can think of two reasons for this. Either people don’t like technology or they just don’t get it.

Well it’s easy to say my 74 year old grandfather doesn’t get technology and the potential to have up-to-date news on whatever you want immediately (within reason of course), because it’s kind of true. He has the capability and he is aware of the instantaneousness of it all it may be he just trusts the invariably bald finance presenter a little more than his phone, not understanding how it can be right.

On the flipside of the coin is my mother, who can’t go without her morning paper. Whoever’s up first heads down to the quaint corner shop to pick up the day’s paper. And that’s just the way they like it. My father is much the same in his love for the printed ink. I tried talking them into getting the past the paywall and their response was simply that they liked reading their news in the paper.

So while online news is the go-to place for a younger or a more tech-savvy person, other people tend to be more rooted in their ways. While my family isn’t really a representation of how people consume media, if they’re the way they are about news there might other people. And quite a few people do, if you believe Mashable. It’s falling, but in order for online to completely overcome more traditional means, they may need to do more to target the people who aren’t really looking for an online source for their news.

My point is, online is somewhere that I can’t see news completely transferring over too. But I may just be saying that because I want a job in TV news.

Zombie Attack Leaves Students Stunned

Today, terror gripped the students of this morning’s QUT Online Journalism 1 lecture as they found themselves facing a shamble of zombies.

A traumatised first-hand account.

The Zombies took off with the Journalism lecturer Susan Hetherington as terrified students looked on. She is still missing and presumed turned or eaten.

A hubcap torn off in the mindless destruction.

A hubcap torn off in the mindless destruction.

A student who cannot be named was almost attacked by the undead, staving off the decomposing horrors with a simple but powerful phrase, “Don’t smell me.”

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Ms Hetherington will be remembered by friends and family in the coming days in a private ceremony. It will not be an open casket.

Racing Queensland crackdown on drenching with i-Stat

Mounting pressures on Racing Queensland have caused the executives to step up the controls in place keep illegal practices out of stables, announced earlier this week at Eagle Farm racecourse.

One of the biggest issues is the practice of drenching on race day, which will be combatted with random inspections of stables with the help of a newly acquired technology.

The machine used by RQ

CEO Racing Queensland Darren Condon said the planned racing crackdown is a result of the State Government pressuring the industry to clean up its act.

“[This is] a new initiative of Racing Queensland as part of the mandate of the new government, that our integrity unit of the business would grow and be more focused on eliminating unfair practices and illegal practices in racing,” he said.

Queensland racing authorities say they will carry out spot checks on horses, stables and trainers in an effort to reduce illegal activities on race day; the aim is to level the playing field for all involved.

Racing Queensland Chairman of Stewards Wade Birch said, “We’ve now got to work towards eliminating any other opportunities for participants to gain an unfair advantage over their fellow participants.”

Drenching is when administrating bi-carbonate directly to a horse’s stomach with a pipe inserted through the nose artificially increases a horse’s blood-oxygen levels.

This insures all the bi-carbonate is absorbed by the horse, making it run faster for longer.

The entrance to Eagle Farm

Authorities plan to monitor illegal drenching using their new i-Stat machine.

The machine tests a horse’s blood and can tell if the bi-carbonate level is above the legal limit.

Inspectors will also monitor medical records and other suspect practices in racing stables.

The racing industry is one of Queensland’s largest and concerned members have welcomed the crackdown. Veteran horse trainer John Meagher is one of those in favour of the new steps taken.

“Its the third biggest employer of people across the board,” he said.

“It has its place.

“People who are cheating, I have no time for them.”

Racing Queensland has dealt with two serious suspensions and at least 20 minor breaches since the scheme began last month. They also have said the average bi-carbonate level in horses in Queensland have lowered sharply since the scheme began.

And if you were wondering where Eagle Farm is located: