[MEDIA] Radio Interviews re @MarthaLaneFox #DimblebyLecture and @NSPCC Report

First thing spotted on the phone this morning – an invitation to comment on Martha Lane-Fox’s statement that we have no choice but to engage with the internet:

Then there was a Tweet from one of the producers at Radio 5 Live, which resulted in this conversation:

And then an email via my website from BBC Three Counties Radio resulted in this interview:

Reframe: Research in Media, Film and Music (@_REFRAME)


This looks interesting:

REFRAME aims to offer a range of scholarly and related creative and critical content – from relatively ephemeral or responsive forms of research output (project blogs, online film and video festivals, conferences and symposia, and audio and video podcasts) through to fully peer-reviewed online serials and monographic publications, and digital archives and assemblages.

They’ve just published The Tablet Book, developed from a 2013 symposium which was responding to media reports that 2013 was ‘the year of the tablet’. Available open-access.

'How to Live Well in a Digital World' with @NomadPodcast at #GB14

On Saturday morning, in the press tent at Greenbelt, I had an enjoyable chat with the Nomad Podcast guys about ‘how to live well in a digital world’. Check back through their files for some interesting looking titles!


Listen directly to the file.

Mind Change: How Digital Technologies Are Leaving Their Mark on Our Brains, by Susan Greenfield

23568_book-review-mind-change-by-susan-greenfieldA review by Tara Brabazon:

Susan Greenfield is a neuroscientist with a high media profile, and this, her latest book, is aimed at the “general” (Daily Mail) reader. The accompanying publicity material refers to Greenfield as a “professional neuroscientist”. This adjective must be reassuring. An “amateur neuroscientist” would be a problem. Greenfield built her academic career on the study of dementia rather than digitisation, but this latter focus has now become a “professional” fixation.

The book is organised into 20 short chapters. Social networking, gaming, mobile phones and Google make up the laundry list of threats to society. The problem that undermines Mind Change is a lack of disciplinary expertise in digital cultures.

Read full review.

Die Hard Copy with @timeshighered


Are academics really digitally savvy? They definitely don’t seem to be that digitally confident… something that is drawn out in the following story:

It is clear, says Cary Cooper, distinguished professor of organisational psychology and health at Lancaster University Management School, that “academics are much more technologically and digitally savvy than ever before”. Yet this often seems to lead to some curious compromises rather than a wholehearted embrace of the paperless future.

“We have the technology,” notes Cooper, “but do I see paperless offices? I see printouts of emails everywhere. Nor do I see a move to make it all digital. Perhaps it’s the insecurity, a lack of trust in technology. What if I take only a laptop to a meeting and it lets me down?”

Cooper believes that the reluctance to embrace progress is “less a generational issue than a question of how secure we feel about the technology. A paperless office requires you to be transportable, so it will make a big difference when we are sure that every workplace has proper wi-fiaccess.”

In the meantime, he adds, it is common to go to a meeting and find “just one person there with no paper, doing it all online”.

Read full story.

Publishing in a Digital World

There has been much jitteriness among publishers and academic authors of late as both parties grapple with the consequences of digital and cultural change.

Speaking at the Modern Language Association of America’s annual convention in Los Angeles earlier this year, Leslie Mitchner, of Rutgers University Press, pointed out that new technologies are giving scholars ever more opportunities for research. A project to digitise the entire contents of the Vatican Library, for example, will make reams of new material available to academics around the world. But, as Mitchner said in a session on “The brave new world of scholarly books”, this is no panacea. While such projects open the door to new research, paradoxically, there are fewer opportunities to get published, get a position and get tenure.

According to a recent report by the Association of American University Presses, technological and cultural shifts seen in the past decade have challenged publishers’ business models and “may even threaten many of the intellectual characteristics most valued by the scholarly enterprise itself”. It is of the essence of this enterprise to be “in it for the long haul” rather than “the next viral hit”. Yet, the report warns, traditional monographs risk becoming “largely static objects … instead of vibrant hubs for discussion and engagement”.

Read full story, and an accompanying story of particular interest as to what should/not be archived on the net.

Check out ‘Open Book Publishers‘ for an interesting model for scholarly publication in a digital age.