How do you defend the humanities?

Interesting debate tying into the bigger question of what are universities for – is it just about finding a job, or is there something more important going on there? A leading critic of government higher education policy has launched a stinging attack on the University of Oxford, accusing it of being disingenuous in its arguments Continue Reading →

[VIDEO] Digital Humanities in 2 Minutes

I was involved in the early days of history and the digital – this video (H/T @pmphillips), is a useful summary: Second World War Posters Mass Communications Academic, @MMUBS. British Home Front Propaganda posters as researched for a PhD completed 2004. In 1997, unwittingly wrote the first history of the Keep Calm and Carry On Continue Reading →

[VIDEO] Online Privacy: A History

Photography, telephone and telegraph = “moral panics”, led to legislation about privacy. This video gives a great insight into the social developments that also surround this: Digital Fingerprint Digiexplorer (not guru), Senior Lecturer in Digital Marketing @MMUBS. Interested in digital Literacy in the third sector. Author of ‘Raising Children in a Digital Age’, regularly checks Continue Reading →

VIDEO: Fashion Changes!

Really fascinating to watch what were the top fashions, and how much it changes one women’s appearance … who knows about the historical inaccuracy, but it highlights so much how “looks” fall in and out of fashion! drbexl Life Explorer, HE/learning, Christian, cultural history, WW2 posters: Keep Calm & Carry On, digital world, coach, ENFP, Continue Reading →

Funding the Uneconomic?

Well yes, there are some things that can’t be recognised in monetary terms, so how do we ensure that such initiatives get funded? “The relevant, recognised and desirable impacts of research, we are told repeatedly, go way beyond the purely economic. There are some things in life which cannot be measured in economic terms – Continue Reading →

BOOK REVIEW: Spam: A Shadow History of the Internet

Looks like it could be worth a look: For most of us, our relationship with spam began almost gently: those short, jokey email messages reaching out to us from distant lands, with an intriguing, almost whimsical character. But they quickly grew into more forceful entreaties to help, support, defend or publicise some victim of an Continue Reading →

BOOK REVIEW: Hollywood & Hitler 1933-1939

Looks interesting: Right up to, and even for a while after, the outbreak of war in Europe in 1939, the predominant attitude in Hollywood towards fascism was classic three-wise-monkeys strategy – pretend it’s not there and perhaps it’ll go away. Partly this was due to the belief that movie-going audiences would be turned off by Continue Reading →

BUNAC Archives: Anyone find a home?

BUNAC – I nearly looked to go with them for my first overseas experiences… “Ultimately, if we cannot find a home for this material, it will finish up going through the shredder and being recycled. I think that would be a tragedy, but I cannot see an alternative,” David Heathcote, former Bunac national committee member, Continue Reading →