#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 →

#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 →