[NETFLIX] Thoughts on Black Mirror: Nosedive

I have loved the previous series of Black Mirror - particularly as it offers great content for discussions in teaching sessions - especially at MediaLit, with the insights of those being trained within a theological context, as we questioned the impact that the digital age is having on humanity. I've signed up for the free month on Netflix (we'll see if I bother to extend it), and that first episode Nosedive was worth waiting for: I'm a passionate…

#EmptyShelf2016 #60-62: The Gender Game @AShadeofVampire; The Last Girl @AuthorJoeHart

Although I already have PLENTY of books waiting to be read on my Kindle (and my physical bookshelves), I wasn't feeling too well over Christmas, and an email came from Amazon offering The Gender Game and The Last Girl for 99p each - so I downloaded them ... sold as 'if you liked the Hunger Games, you'll probably like these', which is probably a fair analysis! Bella Forrest (who appears to be better known for Vampire novels…

#EmptyShelf2016 #59: Why Diets Make Us Fat: the unintended consequences of our obsession with weight loss @sandra_aamodt

So, over the last few days I've been reading Why Diets Make Us Fat by Sandra Aamodt - in bits and pieces as it's not really a 'read straight through' book, although there's plenty to think about. The blurb says: In the UK, almost two-thirds of adults are overweight. We think we know the answer: cut calories; eat less. We conclude that being fat is a failure of willpower, perhaps supplemented by a quirk of genetics.…

#EmptyShelf2016 #57-58: The Black Moth/The Lady in the Van

The other day, I enjoyed reading The Black Moth, another Georgette Heyer jolly, and then Christmas Day, having watched the film the day before, my mum lent me The Lady in the Van - a really short book on which the film is based ... an enjoyable slice of social history which only took about an hour to read! I used to use The History Boys in lectures in the past - and it seems pretty much all…

[MEDIA] “O click, all ye faithful” in @Guardian

The other week I had quite a decent phone conversation with Harriet Sherwood, journalist at The Guardian. Some of that conversation made it into an article about religion getting involved online: In September the C of E appointed Adrian Harris as its head of digital communications to drive its strategy forward. Harris had previously led digital communications teams at Bupa, Tesco and the Conservative party. He said there was “a huge amount of untapped potential”.  …