[MEDIA] Discussing the responsibility of social media companies re safer internet with @UCBMedia

Back in February, the government set forward plans for a new Internet Safety Strategy, and there was a meeting on Wednesday in which Karen Bradey MP called for software companies to be more responsible: "Social media companies have a responsibility to protect people who use their technology, and we want to hear what more can be done to keep children and young people safe from online threats. "This Government is determined to make Britain the…

#EmptyShelf17 #12-13 Dystopian Futures with The Handmaid’s Tale and Brave New World

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley My rating: 4 of 5 stars I don't know quite what I expected from this book - but have quoted Huxley (not from this book) in that persuasion/propaganda can 'only canalise a pre-existing stream'. I can see why the book has new resonance in a world in which we chase experience, happiness, and consumerism ... and the final question of whether we're entitled to be unhappy - aka, have…

#EmptyShelf17 #8-11: Fiction and ‘The Year of Living Danishly’

Star Sand by Roger Pulvers My rating: 3 of 5 stars An interesting premise, some interesting insights into Japanese culture, but ending felt rushed & characters not entirely rounded out. View all my reviews The Year of Living Danishly: Uncovering the Secrets of the World's Happiest Country by Helen Russell My rating: 4 of 5 stars I enjoyed reading this, very journalistic insights, a little bit anthropological mixed with some psychology. Interesting insights into the…

[MEDIA] Discussing #Snapchat Streaks with @BBC5Live

Earlier today, I had a chat with Sam Walker (and some other interesting contributors) on Radio 5 Live about Snapchat Streaks. You can read a more general overview of Snapchat here. Once again, I'd done my prep (and again, if you're a Facebook friend, can see the thoughts friends put in): Read around, [email protected] from book & great FB convos re #snapchat streaks on @bbc5live earlier ... A post shared by Bex Lewis (@drbexl) on Apr…