Art and Technology: Can they work together?

Interesting piece from the Guardian: Technology and art have enjoyed a tempestuous relationship over the years. Fine art purists have demonstrated a wary scepticism towards the use and abuse of new technologies, and tech-heads have been staunchly resistant to art’s whimsical influence. But as the pressing issues of privacy and identity, addiction and dependency, and lives increasingly enmeshed in technology begin to create compelling subject matter for artists and technologists alike, art and tech are Continue Reading →

[AUDIO] Thought of the Day 03/02/14

listen to ‘Thought for the Day 03/02/14’ on Audioboo Looking through this date in history, it’s a date scattered with disasters, including the Hawke’s Bay earthquake, New Zealand’s worst natural disaster in 1931, with 258 dead; a Baghdad market bombing in 2007 which killed at least 135 people, with hundreds more injured, and 33 people killed by a suicide bombing in Iraq in 2013. This is the nature of news: we so often hear the Continue Reading →

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 in favour of the humanities. Stefan Collini, professor of English literature and intellectual history at the University of Cambridge, attacked 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 poster, which she now follows with interest. Like it? Share it…

[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 hashtag #DigitalParenting. Like it? Share it…

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, @digitalfprint, @ww2poster Like it? Share it…

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 – and this includes many research impacts,” he writes. …. But he notes that in its attempts to justify the economic 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 injustice we didn’t understand in a place we’d never heard of, adverts for exotic pharmaceuticals with the alleged power to Continue Reading →