Stop saying technology is causing social isolation

Love this article that came through my feed this morning – see this early extract: People like to criticize current society. Not necessarily the current society relative to us, but the contemporary society of the time they live in. It’s just so cool to romanticize the past even if it makes us feel bad about the present. Past times were always better. And in this age of information and technology, in which the smartphone is Continue Reading →

[Book Review] The Marketplace of Attention: How Audiences Take Shape in a Digital Age, by James G. Webster

Also looks interesting: Now that digitisation has revolutionised the media, what are we watching – and how? By Sharon Wheeler S o I’m sitting on the sofa, surfing rapidly through the Freeview channels on television. I’m checking three email accounts on my laptop, keeping a beady eye on Facebook, maintaining two Twitter accounts, watching a YouTube video that my nephew has made and waiting impatiently for The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice to Continue Reading →

BOOK REVIEW: Ambient Commons

This, from the reviewer in Times Higher Education made me laugh: I have a confession. You know those people on footpaths who randomly slow down, stop, veer from side to side and shout into their hand for no particular reason? No, not the Friday-night revellers who have ingested three litres of Grey Goose vodka and lose their motor skills. I refer to the people who read and compose text messages while walking. I do not titter Continue Reading →

Docked Tales @timeshighered

With not only Bleak House but even Peter Rabbit seemingly too long for a texting, tweeting, attention-deficit generation, Valerie Sanders scans her shelves for a lightweight literary canon and asks: condensed or skimmed? When students have to pay higher tuition fees will they expect to read longer texts? This absurd, dreamy, Alice-in-Wonderland thought came to me in the middle of all our discussions recently about fee levels and student expectations, recalling a depressing memory of last year Continue Reading →