Annika Herb

Annika Herb

Dr Annika Herb is a sessional academic at the University of Newcastle, Australia. Her areas of research include Young Adult and Children’s Literature, creative writing, and popular culture.

Location Australia


  • The issue in accessing and posting to Padlet has now been resolved. You should be able to access the board and make your posts. Our apologies for the error!
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  • @MaryAnnAtwood Good question- Lexico hosts the Oxford English Dictionary, and the banner referring to Spanish translations is just an ad on the homepage to keep the site free. You can navigate around the site to use the English Dictionary or Thesaurus.

  • Thanks for alerting us to this- the link has been repaired.

  • Thanks for joining us @PhilIsherwood, and for sharing your thoughts each week. We explore narratives and stories in more detail later in the full course for the UON enrolled students-- I like your suggestion of including more poetry, and will have to look at integrating it!

  • Fantastic, @JakeRodway -- glad to have you with us! Thanks for sharing your insights throughout the course.

  • "Media relies on its audience as much as its audience relies on media." Absolutely, @JoshuaAnite.

  • Definitely @JakeRodway, I think that's a very relatable experience.

  • "It's almost as if we've personified the stories within onto the book itself, and so to leave the book to ruin would be to destroy the story inside." What a great way of putting it @JakeRodway!

  • An interesting choice, @JoshuaAnite! I do enjoy the Honest Trailers.

  • Excellent, @JoshuaAnite.

  • Yes, good points @SoroushAliasghariNamin and @EileenPrice. The program Q+A in Australia recently had to change their title card as it breached international humanitarian laws for appearing too similar to the Red Cross emblem.

  • Thanks @ValerieRaftopoulos -- glad to have you with us!

  • That's great @KellyCox, glad you enjoyed it!

  • That's a good way of thinking about it @ClaireVanDerWoude!

  • Yes, a good example @ThomasHamilton! The book has also been banned in several countries for this reason.

  • Absolutely, @CharlotteYoung, great example! The impact of that wager between friends is fascinating.

  • Yes, sometimes there's something about the visual appearance or tactile nature of a print book that can draw us in, or transport us to the first time we read it-- I agree that that experience is potentially lost with a digital book @WayneGroome.

  • Great insights, @PhilIsherwood-- certainly something interesting to think about!

  • That's a wonderful insight, @LoriDeMarco, thanks for sharing your experience.

  • Glad to hear it, @JenniferShoesmith!

  • Ah yes, you raise some interesting (and relatable, I'm sure) points here, @ElissaMarlin! Are there any other books we wouldn't want to be seen reading in public for whatever reason?

  • Is that so, @KyleJohnson? I haven't read it but see it around all the time, so I'm curious.

  • Have you seen this tweet about a self-proclaimed "book murderer" that went viral earlier this year? What are your thoughts on it-- do you have a visceral reaction to this, or are you ambivalent?

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    As an additional question, what do people prefer-- paperbacks or hardcovers? How do you treat your books-- are you a bookmark user or do you dog-ear the pages?

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    Congratulations on finishing the course, and thank you very much to our open learners for joining us on FutureLearn! It's been an absolute delight to see your conversations, and there's been many thought-provoking discussions. As for our UON students, I look forward to continuing our discussions in the next module!
    Best wishes,

  • Great points, @RebeccaLamford-- Marvel and Disney's purporting of strong LGBT representation can be quite frustrating as you've identified, particularly given the praise they've been awarded for minimal on-screen representation.

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    Congratulations on finishing the course! I hope you've found it enlightening in some way as we've explored some approaches to the question of What Does it Mean to be Human.
    Thank you very much to our open learners for joining us on FutureLearn! It's been an absolute delight to see your conversations, and there's been many thought-provoking discussions. As...

  • Do we think accessibility or higher rates of education may have had an impact on our increase in reading and writing? You also might like to think about incidental reading-- the reading you'll do as you scroll through your phone, for instance.

  • I know what you mean, @DakotaVince-- I have a special bookshelf (that's since turning into a case) where I keep my books that have been signed by authors.

  • Oh yes @MargaretMerry -- I love when I've bought a book from an op shop and there's an inscription or a name signed at the front. It's a nice way to consider the history of the book.

  • I love seeing what you've shared on Padlet! Keep checking back in throughout the week as others share their photos and and reflections. It'd be great to see more photos of your bruised and battered (or well-loved) books.

  • That's a lovely way of thinking about it, @MaddisonShanahan.

  • Wow-- that's amazing, @JimHill!

  • I have to agree with you both there, @JenniferShoesmith and @AmberTrowbridge !

  • I understand what you mean, @WayneGroome -- the narration on audiobooks never matches up to how the book sounds in my head, so I really struggle with audiobooks.

  • Definitely, @CarlosMedinaDrescher -- saves me a lot of back pain!

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    Interesting to see so many of us still prefer printed books, or will adapt our reading habits depending on our needs. I much prefer printed books myself, but find my Kindle a lifesaver when travelling, or my laptop for digital books when researching.

  • Oh yes, there are certainly benefits for reading digitally when researching @PhilIsherwood-- a big time-saver for note-taking.

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    Great work, everyone-- I've been impressed with the level of insight and analysis shared so far.

  • Excellent media analysis, everyone! Did you gain any particular insights or breakthroughs with this task? Or perhaps you found it challenging to consciously analyse this medium? Let me know your thoughts below.

  • Great analysis @DominicScaturchio -- you're right, far more sympathy is afforded to characters like Homer.

  • Good points, @GeorgiaTownsend.