Video in the Classroom

One of the activities that I was involved in at the University of Winchester was looking at the possibility of lecture capture in the classroom, accompanied by many questions of cost, intellectual property, and student attendance. A couple of interesting stories in this week's Times Higher Education deal with this…

[BOOK REVIEW] This is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things (re online trolling)

This looks really interesting: Why do trolls exist? How can such hostile online behaviour be understood intellectually, culturally and socially? Put another way: is the notorious Pedobear character “lulz” (hilarious) or an ambivalent tour guide through child pornography? For her recent doctorate, communications scholar Whitney Phillips conducted an ethnography of…

"Born into a second life"

Some interesting thoughts here re 'digital natives': In my field, we are accustomed to rehearsing all the usual anxieties about threats to material book culture: we lament the loss of research skills, we worry about deserted archives and lost arts of palaeography. We champion independent booksellers over Kindles, and heatedly…
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