Dr Bex Lewis

Dr Bex Lewis is passionate about helping people engage with the digital world in a positive way, where she has more than 20 years’ experience. She is Senior Lecturer in Digital Marketing at Manchester Metropolitan University and Visiting Research Fellow at St John’s College, Durham University, with a particular interest in digital culture, persuasion and attitudinal change, especially how this affects the third sector, including faith organisations, and, after her breast cancer diagnosis in 2017, has started to research social media and cancer. Trained as a mass communications historian, she has written the original history of the poster Keep Calm and Carry On: The Truth Behind the Poster (Imperial War Museum, 2017), drawing upon her PhD research. She is Director of social media consultancy Digital Fingerprint, and author of Raising Children in a Digital Age: Enjoying the Best, Avoiding the Worst  (Lion Hudson, 2014; second edition in process) as well as a number of book chapters, and regularly judges digital awards. She has a strong media presence, with her expertise featured in a wide range of publications and programmes, including national, international and specialist TV, radio and press, and can be found all over social media, typically as @drbexl.

[LIFE] A Week In New Zealand

This time last week, I was still rushing around doing last minute work tasks, and thinking again 'have I got everything I need, and, more to the point, what have I got that I don't need' - whilst wondering if the Coronavirus is going to mess anything up ... but the flights were go... go... go... Getting To New Zealand Well, we started smoothly - Andrew offered me a lift, and we were surprised at…

#EmptyShelf20: February

To be honest, I've been watching a lot of Silent Witness this month, and returning to work, so less reading opportunities, but I've read 3 shorter books, all of which I rate highly: Cancer Made Me a Shallower Person: A Memoir in Comics by Miriam Engelberg My rating: 5 of 5 stars Well, this book made me snort out loud several times. It's not that long (excellent for those of us with messed up cancer…

[MEDIA] Blog for @YouBelong_2019 on ‘Knowing God’ (and names)

I met Laura at the Premier Digital Conference 2019, and we got chatting. Earlier this year she sent me a list of questions, and (for once in my life) I didn't overthink the answers. The response to the first question: 1) What is your name and what does it mean?  My name is Bex, short for Rebecca, which apparently means ‘servant of God’ in Hebrew, although a mug I have also says that it means…

[CANCER] A Life Update

I met with my oncologist about 3 weeks ago, and life has continued to be cancer-busy, as I've continued to try to get my head round what has happened to me (not sure this will ever quite happen!). Since then I've met up with a few friends, been to see my parents, and then a couple more things 'cancer related' (aside from my regular treatment infusion). Dentist Who knew that cancer treatment could have such…

[LIFE] Thinking about #WildSwimming #OpenWaterSwimming

I really enjoyed watching this film about Wild Swimming with Alice Roberts: There's been a spate of articles recently (or maybe I've just noticed them), here's one from the New Yorker, ''The Subversive Joy of Cold-Water Swimming' The vogue for outdoor swimming has been fuelled, in part, by the Internet. It’s easy to collect “likes” by posting a photograph of yourself waist-deep in a craggy loch. The British press provides travel advice about the most romantic…