#435 Digital Worlds


When we first went into lockdown in March, people were spending a lot less time outside, which meant spending more time online.

In this episode, stories reflecting on our pandemic-imposed retreat into digital spaces, made by radio and podcasting students at the University of Sydney.

‘Does my phone know: we’re in a pandemic?’ by Veronica Lenard

Our phones know a lot about us, from our music preferences to daily planning, but how much do they know about the world around us? The COVID-19 pandemic left many with unexpected gaps in our schedules and struggling to tell the days apart, so, how did we fill it? This is a story about what we tell our phones and what they can tell us.

Producer: Veronica Lenard

Music: ‘Entwined Oddity’ and ‘The Poplar Grove’ by Blue Dot Sessions

‘Emily’ by Jenae Madden

Emily lost her father a year ago. Now, in his memory, Emily’s father is immortalised in a space where she can visit him forever.

Producer: Jenae Madden

Music: ‘Sad Phantos’ and ‘8 Bit Adventure Time’ by Breakmaster Cylinder, ‘Animal Crossing Main Theme’ and ‘K.K Condor Theme’ by Kazumi Totaka

‘Kaye’s Castle’ by Violet Hull

If your everyday digital media use was a home, what would it look like? Violet brings you on an unconventional house tour.

Image supplied by Violet Hull

Producer: Violet Hull

All The Best credits:

Executive Producer: Ryan Pemberton

Victorian State Coordinator: Mell Chun

Host: Maddy Macquine

Episode mix and compile: Gemma Lipman

Community Coordinators: Chloe Gillespie and Danni Stewart

SYN Community Coordinator: Lee Robinson

Social Media Producers: Matilda Fay and Angela Moran

Photo: Ars Electronica via Flickr

Special thanks this week to University of Sydney lecturer Lea Redfern and tutors Sarah Mashman, Tegan Nicholls and Zoe Ferguson.