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Digital

[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”.

 

Bex Lewis, senior lecturer in digital marketing at Manchester Metropolitan University, said she had “clapped my hands very loudly” at the appointment, but argued that the church was still slow to adapt to and embrace the digital age.

 

“At the top [of the church] it’s like trying to turn round an oil tanker,” she said, although the C of E’s engagement with Pokémon Go players earlier this year had been encouraging. “But there’s some really interesting stuff happening at the bottom.”

 

Christian meme sites such as Anglican Memes and Jesus Loves You were popular, Lewis said. “Fun is important. The general perception of religion is that it’s overly judgmental, and we can show that’s not the case.”

 

The diocese of Lichfield appointed the church’s first online pastor this year, a move that other dioceses were likely to follow, said Lewis.

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Media & Press Media - Text

QUOTED: Former chief Rabbi blames social media for inflaming wars

220px-SirjonathansacksRuth Gledhill asked me for a quote earlier today re “The former Chief Rabbi, Lord Sacks, has warned of of the potential of social media to inflame wars to global proportions and said: “God himself weeps at the evils being committed in His name.” Here’s some of my response:

Dr Bex Lewis, research fellow with Codec, which explores the interfaces between the Bible, the digital world and contemporary culture at Durham University and author of Raising Children in a Digital Age, criticised Lord Sacks for a “technological determinist” position – that the technology is responsible for forcing a person to act in a particular way, rather than giving new opportunities which a person make choices around.

She said: “Social media can be considered like a brick – you can build houses with it, or you can throw it through people’s windows. People are doing both with it, as people have always done with every communications medium. Yes, social media allows messages to move faster globally, and those who speak loudest will often be listened to. Social media, however, gives the opportunity to speak back, particularly if people gather together.”

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History

Interviewed for “The Art of War”

I was interviewed by Ulrich Goll via email a number of times for Taz.de:

The Art of War
The Art of War
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History

Keep Calm and Party While We Still Can

What’s your favourite riff on the popular “Keep Calm and Carry On” posters? The list keeps growing, in a spontaneous public punning poetry project, a real world meme.

“Keep Calm and Carry On Knitting” keeps the vintage British cuppa-in-a-crisis feel of the red original. So does “Keep Calm and Carry On Eating Muffins”, used to advertise a production of The Importance of Being Earnest, while “Keep Calm and Carry Wand” references a more recent British icon.

“Keep Calm and Carry Noms” is possibly better advice in an emergency than the original – “noms” being internet LOLcat slang for food (after the sound Cookie Monster makes eating on Sesame Street). The “Keep Calm and Cary Grant” poster shows the actor pursued by biplane, as in Hitchcock’s North by Northwest.

According to WWII propaganda poster expert Dr Bex Lewis, the original poster was designed by Britain’s Ministry of Information in 1939, but it was never distributed as it was to be used only in the event of a German invasion of Britain.

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Academic

Dr Bex Lewis quoted in the New York Times

Not that I’m excited by this or anything, but you can read more online!

Read more on my WordPress blog relating to the Keep Calm and Carry On posters etc.!