Visiting Research Fellow @StJohnsDurham

When I left CODEC after five years, St John’s College invited me to become a Visiting Research Fellow. This was approved at a meeting the other week. Here’s what it says about me: Dr Bex Lewis is passionate about helping people engage with the digital world in a positive way, where she has been developing her experience since 1997. Trained as a mass communications historian, she wrote the original history of Keep Calm and Carry Continue Reading →

Durham: MediaLit

CODEC will be holding its sixth MediaLit training course from 8th to 12th June 2015 exploring Christian ministry and the media Previous MediaLit courses, held annually since 2010 (see ‘Related Links’), have been greatly valued by the participants – ministerial students/ordinands, ministers, media professionals, diocesan and district communications officers. MediaLit is open to anyone interested in engaging with the media – mass media, broadcast media, social media, community media, with a core group of ordinands Continue Reading →

CODEC BOOK CLUB: How We Think by Katherine Hayles

Reblogging from the CODEC blog, posted earlier today: This week the CODEC team focused upon the third chapter of Katherine Hayle’s How We Think: Digital Media and Contemporary Technogenesis (University of Chicago Press, 2012). The third chapter focuses upon ‘How We Read: Close, Hyper, Machine’, and certainly gave us lots to chew on. Initial comments were that we liked what was written, but found the emphasis on all the negative reports about digital as frustrating. Continue Reading →

CODEC BOOK CLUB: Defining Digital Humanities

Reblogging from CODEC blog, posted earlier today: Back in October the CODEC team discussed Melissa Terras’ inaugural professorial lecture on digital humanities, whilst this week we focused on the associated book Defining Digital Humanities: A Reader (Ashgate, 2013) edited by Terras, Nyhan, Vanhoutte. We focused upon the introduction (pp1-7), and a series of definitions of ‘digital humanities’, covering the years 2009 to 2012 (pp279-297). Discussions started with a questioning of which of the definitions most resonated with members of Continue Reading →

#CORPUSMOOC: Week 8: A Swearing Extravaganza

This week looking at ‘swearing’ as it is used within language .. so there’s a disclaimer, some of the comments: The use of ‘bad language’ seems to me to be very cultural specific. For example, young people seems to use it more often than old people. And I see variation of what’s considered as ‘bad language’ between registers and dialects. For example, the same person would never use bad language at work but he probably Continue Reading →

QUOTED: Former chief Rabbi blames social media for inflaming wars

Ruth Gledhill asked me for a quote earlier today re “The former Chief Rabbi, Lord Sacks, has warned of of the potential of social media to inflame wars to global proportions and said: “God himself weeps at the evils being committed in His name.” Here’s some of my response: Dr Bex Lewis, research fellow with Codec, which explores the interfaces between the Bible, the digital world and contemporary culture at Durham University and author of Raising Continue Reading →

My ‘Done’ List…

I find my ‘Todoist‘ app wonderful, but sometimes, especially for someone who is motivated by a feeling of achievement, have to celebrate what have done these past couple of years! How do I recapture this sense of joy that I got from the one run I made on my own on a surf board in Australia in 2007! In summer 2012, I searched, bought and moved into ‘my first house’ in 6 weeks flat, starting a Continue Reading →