[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 →

Day 1: Surveillance and Religion Conference (with @es61andrews)

Tweets from today’s workshop. The event continues for the next two days, but I need to get back to MMU and teach… [View the story “Day 1: Surveillance and Religion Conference (with @es61andrews)” on Storify] Print PDFLike it? Share it… You may also like: [Conference Abstract] MediaLit: Engaging Faith and Media in a Digital Age #ECSM15 [ACADEMIC] Social Media, Peer Surveillance and Spiritual Formation Cypherpunks and Surveillance? Digital Methologies in the Sociology of Religion #DMSRC

[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 Print PDFLike it? Share it… You may also like: Manipulating Media: Social Media Develops Academic Literacy Skills (Abstract for #PELC11) Chapter Abstract: Manipulating media: developing 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] Print PDFLike it? Share it… You may also like: Tweets from #ALTC2013 [Storify] [STORIFY] Collected tweets from #GWLMar16 Tweets in Storify 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 #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 →

#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 #3: The Ministry of Nostalgia by @owenhatherley

The story of Keep Calm and Carry On is largely one of the 21st century, rather than of the Second World War, when it was produced. Owen Hatherley uses the poster as a hook as he investigates the ‘nostalgia’ we have for 1940s, and use it to legitimise contemporary austerity. Hatherley refers to the use of this sense by the government as NOT heritage, but, quoting Raphael Samuel, as stealing ‘from the past at random’, as Continue Reading →