[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 →

#GWLMar17: Tweets from the Day

I’m on the train home from London – a long and tiring day, but always so energising mentally! I like the capture the wisdom in Storify, but haven’t done any more than take out the spam – we tweeted quite a lot and it starts from most recent: [View the story “#GWLMar17” on Storify] drbexl Life Explorer, HE/learning, Christian, cultural history, WW2 posters: Keep Calm & Carry On, digital world, coach, ENFP, @digitalfprint, @ww2poster http://drbexl.co.uk Continue Reading →

#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 #4: What Money Can’t Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets by Michael J. Sandel

The introduction starts strongly, and throughout the book it challenges our thinking, and what we’ve become used to as the ‘norm’ in our contemporary society (this is partly why I think history and anthropology are helpful, the help us see that life was/can be different according to different values, beliefs and social norms): The years leading up the financial crisis of 2008 were a heady time of market faith and deregulation – an era of Continue Reading →

#EmptyShelf17 #2: Inside the Nudge Unit re: @B_I_Tweets

So, I was clearly so keen to read this book, that I ended up with it both in paperback and Kindle! This book offers really interesting insights into the government’s Behavioural Insights Team, set up in 2010 on a largely experimental basis, designed to understand people’s behaviours and ‘nudge’ them towards healthier behaviours, and crucially, for governmental support, those that bring forward millions of £s into the Treasury. The first test to provide results was to Continue Reading →

[MMU] 7 Questions on Becoming a Media Expert for @business_mmu

Over the last few years, I’ve been fortunate to engage with some good media coverage related to my research, so was asked to respond to a few questions by the MMU press team, to encourage others to take up the opportunity too. The questions were: How has the training helped you and how have you applied what you have learnt? Why is talking to the media important or useful to you as an academic? How Continue Reading →

[SPEAKER] Social Media in Ministry

This morning’s session with the Diocese of Manchester ordinands retreat: Social Media in Ministry from Bex Lewis drbexl Life Explorer, HE/learning, Christian, cultural history, WW2 posters: Keep Calm & Carry On, digital world, coach, ENFP, @digitalfprint, @ww2poster http://drbexl.co.uk Like it? Share it…

[PRESS] Quoted in @TheWarCryUK re Social Media and Lent

I had a chat with Philip from Salvation Army’s The War Cry the other week, always interesting to see which extracts are used: Quoted in this week’s @TheWarCryUK – Lent = social media provides new opportunities for interactivity. Also – @40acts … pic.twitter.com/ED1uA7SsCi — Dr Bex Lewis (@drbexl) February 28, 2017 drbexl Life Explorer, HE/learning, Christian, cultural history, WW2 posters: Keep Calm & Carry On, digital world, coach, ENFP, @digitalfprint, @ww2poster http://drbexl.co.uk Like it? Share Continue Reading →