[PRESS] Radio Interview about Graphic Images from #WestminsterAttack with @TalkRadio

This afternoon I had a chat with Jon Holmes on Talk Radio about the images that emerged from yesterday’s attack on Westminster. If you’re one of my Facebook friends, you can see the conversation I had with a few people before/after the radio interview. There was an interesting article in the New Statesman, an older one from World News Publishing Focus, and some advice from Winston’s Wish as to how to respond to children affected by the images Continue Reading →

[BOOK REVIEW] AND: Phenomenology of the End in @TheSocReview

I reviewed Franco ‘Bifo’ Berardi’s AND: Phenomenology of the End, and the review has just been published in SAGE’s The Sociological Review. My review starts: Franco Berardi is an influential figure in the world of the arts, part of the radical protest movements in 1960s Italy, and currently teaches the social history of communication at the Accademia di belle Arti in Milan. A Marxist theorist and activist in the autonomist tradition, he worked extensively with Félix Continue Reading →

[ACADEMIC] Social Media, Peer Surveillance and Spiritual Formation

I may still be tweaking this on the train on the way up (only 30 mins session), but this is the presentation I’ll be giving this afternoon as an invited speaker at the Surveillance and Religion Network workshop in Edinburgh: Social Media, Peer Surveillance and Spiritual Formation from Bex Lewis

#EmptyShelf17 #6: Cultural Studies: Theory and Practice by Chris Barker & Emma A. Jane, from @SAGEmedia_comm

So, I’ve used cultural theorists, especially Foucault, and I’ve been engaged in studying digital culture for quite some years, but never had a chance to read a solid overview of the field, and consider some of the other options. SAGE sent me this book as a possible textbook for one of my courses, and, no, I’ve not read it all, but I’ve read enough to know that this a really helpful text to use to Continue Reading →

#EmptyShelf17 #5: Contagious: How to Build Word of Mouth in the Digital Age by @j1berger

Another book that I’ve managed to buy twice, and finally read once! I love this description of marketing (often a dirty word – especially in church circles where I’m trying to persuade people to make the best use of communication skills) on p.62: To Dave, marketing isn’t about trying to convince people to purchase things they don’t want or need. Marketing is about tapping into their genuine enthusiasm for products and services that they find Continue Reading →