[MEDIA] Does social media threaten democracy, for The Political Exchange Podcast @TWRuk

Earlier this week I recorded material for TWR-UK, for The Political Exchange Podcast. The story was triggered by an article in The Economist, questioning whether social media threatens democracy. Here’s the recording from the session (original on TWR-UK site): Here’s my notes in preparation: How have you felt observing negative stories about the negative impact of social media on democracy? Sigh at the continual determination of ‘the media’ (especially that which is threatened by social…

[PRESS] Comment: Youth, social media and the election #GE2017

For the 2015 election Dr Bex Lewis, Senior Lecturer in Digital Marketing, examined the role played by social media in the election and considered its influence on younger voters, specifically those within the 18-24 bracket. With the General Election of 2017 tomorrow, she returns to the topic and considers whether much has changed. Read full article, watch the video: Front page of MMU website: You can also read the original draft of the document (more…

Challenge and Inspiration: #GWLOct15

Gathering of Women Leaders started very small back in 2012 (here's the original ideas - PDF) - I first visited one in 2013, and have endeavoured to make it to at least one every year (there have been three, next year there will be two), despite living a long way out of London - as I have formed some excellent relationships, friendships, and networking opportunities there (often all come together!) - whilst gaining the opportunity to…

[Comment Piece] Youth, Social Media and the Election #GE2015

Russell Brand’s trailer for an interview with Ed Milliband on The Trews is nearing 250,000 views, and a large number of commenters on his site are applauding Milliband for being prepared to engage with the tough questions - and the disillusioned voters. Russell Brand, famously, has never voted, and urges his followers not to bother on Election Day, as he doesn’t believe that voting makes a difference. Statistics show that 18-24 year olds do have…

Playing at War?

Really interesting story on the value (or otherwise) of game playing to offer insights into politics, pandemics & propaganda: Simulations and games can be highly effective in helping to teach students about politics and war - but often suffer from oversimplification, a lack of clear purpose or insufficient time to explore issues meaningfully. These were among the views put forward at a workshop - held at the University of Westminster earlier this month - on…