New name, new era, same excellent conference #PremDac15 (#CNMAC15)

The Christian New Media Conference to Premier Digital Conference In 2010 I joined CODEC part-time, and soon got involved in setting up the 'Christian New Media Conference' to accompany the awards that Premier Christian Media has been running since 2007 (my thoughts on awards in 2013). The first year attracted around 200 delegates at the Cass Business School, lots of positive feedback, and so we continued - formalising the notion of 'inspire, equip and connect' as…

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 issue: (more…)

Who is the enemy? #propaganda

Chapter 5: ‘Careless Talk Costs Lives’: Fighting the ‘Enemy Within’ The dangers of carelessness were a constant theme throughout wartime posters: throwing away lit cigarettes; thoughtless fuel consumption; and wastage of scarce goods - with the biggest campaign against that of rumour and ‘careless talk’. Although a phrase largely associated with the Cold War and thereafter applied to more recent events, particularly terrorist campaigns, this chapter focuses on the idea of the ‘enemy within’. The…

[Review] Digging for Diamonds by @CathyMadavan

I met Cathy at Spring Harvest in 2013, and have enjoyed chatting with her on Facebook, and occasional face-to-face meetings every since, so looked forward to reading what she had to say! Often known as 'Bargain Bex', I soon highlighted the sentence: Good quality doesn't usually come cheap, ethically sourced is not often a bargain and bespoke is never ever budget. Those things that are worth cherishing (wisdom, intimacy and trust) take time to dig…

[Review] More TV Vicar? by @vahva

After seeing reviews in The Times, The Church Times, The Sunderland Echo, various radio shows, others blogs, and the Daily Mail, finally time for me to get around to my review of Bryony's book. I am privileged to have known Bryony for several years, to have supervised her recent BA dissertation, and to have heard ideas and early drafts from this book! Once again, this book made it onto my pile for my recent #staycation…