Media & Press Media - Audio

[MEDIA] iGen: How young people are using social media today with @TWRuk and @MeganLackie

A few weeks ago, I had a chat with Megan Lackie about young people and social media, with content placed after a panel discussion with a couple of ‘younger Christians’ (Dave, Joanna and Arun):

  • Social media is a ‘neutral’ tool can be used well/used badly.
  • That ‘addiction’ word was used again – see previous interview with TWR on there!
  • The notion of ‘quality’ time in face-to-face over online and ‘reality’.
  • The use of social media for use with events.
  • Is it ‘too easy’ to box yourself into the social media space?
  • Gender issues, including body images, where young people find their identity.
  • The notion of ‘disinhibition‘ (which note can be used for bad/bullying and good/ questioning).
  • I’m in the final 10 minutes of the programme.

Find other programmes in the series on demand, and listen to this particular programme here:


[Book Review] Speed Limits: Where Time Went and Why We Have So Little Left, by Mark Taylor

25867_book-review-speed-limits-by-mark-c-taylorThis looks interesting:

Howard P. Segal on an examination of the accelerating pace of life whose scope extends beyond fast food and computers

In our high-tech culture, speed is all the rage – not necessarily drugs (God forbid) but so much else: communications and transportation in endless forms. We are constantly reminded that our pace of change is unprecedented; that no prior society has ever approached ours in the ability to share instantaneously experiences, feelings, news and thoughts with intimates and strangers alike across the world.

No prior society, moreover, has approached our computer-based ability to analyse almost infinite amounts of data and to extract supposedly accurate conclusions about our varied values, views and behaviours. This in turn provides an allegedly reliable crystal ball with which to make predictions of crucial importance to policymakers in both the public and private sectors.

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Sh2014 #SHCulture Day 4 with @drbexl & @sheridanvoysey The Unstoppable Spirit

Thursday morning session in ‘Culture Space’ at Spring Harvest Minehead 3. 3/3 sessions with Sheridan Voysey:

Sh2014 #SHCulture Day 4 with @drbexl & @sheridanvoysey The Unstoppable Spirit from Bex Lewis
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Sh2014 #SHCulture with @sheridanvoysey & @drbexl Day 3 The Unbeatable Son

Session 2/3 with Sheridan Voysey for Week 3, Minehead, Spring Harvest, focusing on a cultural response to ‘Jesus, The Son’:

Sh2014 #SHCulture with @sheridanvoysey & @drbexl Day 3 The Unbeatable Son from Bex Lewis

Book Review: MP3: The Meaning of a Format

I don’t know a great deal about audio, but this piece on how the MP3 changes how we listen is interesting (I still remember how much of cultural studies is linked back to the study of how the Walkman changed our lives):

Sound compression and mobile audio storage are changing how we listen, finds Hillegonda Rietveld

Currently the most ubiquitous recorded sound file format in the world, the MP3 uses sound compression to enable mobile storage and – as the recorded music industry was to discover to its cost – easy and rapid exchange via the internet. Scholarly publications on this format usually focus on the social and industrial contexts of music consumption in relation to creative production, internet distribution, copyright issues and mobile consumption. Here, Jonathan Sterne instead uses the MP3 as a starting point to investigate how the hearing subject is historically conceptualised in the development of the format. From this perspective, the MP3 is not merely a simple sound container but acts as a procedure that constructs a way of listening.

Although it is structured in a seemingly linear manner, starting in the late 19th century, MP3: The Meaning of a Format is based on a genealogy that meticulously traces various technological strands that led to the MP3 being codified in 1992. Sterne’s method allows for unexpected insights that break with well-ingrained presumptions about technological progress. For example, he finds that verisimilitude and high fidelity, integral to the development of hi-fimusic systems and surround-sound cinema systems, are not the only drivers in sound reproduction technology. Aiming for a “truthful” auditory experience seems a flawed goal because each format – from the 7-inch single to the CD and beyond – constructs its own specific sound qualities and embeds specific listening subjectivities. Although the MP3 reduces the bandwidth of a sound recording, this does not seem to be a problem for its millions of users, who are by now accustomed to its sonic qualities; instead, compression is the driving force of its success.

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