By Rosie Smith In 1971 a Dutch Television company ran a series of discussion panels with noted intellectuals on a wide range of issues both contemporary and philosophical. One of the most famous debates was between French philosopher Michel Foucault… Read More ›
Welcome to Mediated Matters, a regular weekly column series by Casey Brienza on the sociology of the media and culture. New installments are posted on Monday.
Virtuous, vulnerable and burdened: how feminism is undermined by making everything ‘a feminist issue’
By Tina Sikka Language, discourse, and other symbolic forms have real, tangible, material consequences. This is something I tell my students over and over and over (and over) again. It is also something I hope readers keep in mind while… Read More ›
In a near future America, the world is locked into an inglorious decline while the majority of its population is locked into an intoxicatingly expansive virtual world. Ecological crisis and economic ruin operate hand-in-hand to leave the 99% living in… Read More ›
Imagine a comparable round up for President Trump, produced circa 2020? And on a similar(ish) note:
I’m sure I’m not the only person who’s been getting a little bit obsessed with Donald Trump in recent months. There’s certainly a risk of overstating the threat that heposes, such that a preoccupation with the man himself risks obscuring the… Read More ›
A collection of the best essays and articles I’ve found about the rise of Donald Trump:
I just surprised myself by sitting through this entire 40 minute compilation of Donald Trump’s insults during the Republican primaries: I found them weirdly hypnotic, albeit intellectually deadening. Perhaps this explains the strange quality of Trump’s speech?
A really useful resource curated by Deborah Lupton: https://simplysociology.wordpress.com/2016/01/12/critical-social-research-on-self-tracking-a-reading-list/
An entertaining (and accurate) video via Phil BC:
I just watched Best of Enemies, a great film about the rivalry between William Buckley and Gore Vidal that was most famously captured in this scene: A subsequent exchange of words in high brow magazines then led to an exchange of… Read More ›
A remarkable soundscape produced by the musicologist Mylène Pardoen (HT Su Oman). See here for more information. Paris as you have never heard it before! This novel experience is offered by Mylène Pardoen, a musicologist at the Passages XX-XXI laboratory,1 through the… Read More ›
“TransMissions: Journal of Film and Media Studies”, new online academic journal affiliated at the Jagiellonian University, Poland announced its first CfP: (Dis)empowering technologies. The main areas of our interests are: – social movement activism – ethnic, national and religion minorities… Read More ›
There’s an intriguing passage in Difficult Men, an account of television’s ‘third golden age’, concerning the temporality of Mad Men and how it differs from The Sopranos, which is widely acknowledged as the originator of our current glut of quality… Read More ›
by David Beer One of the most memorable images from my childhood is a suave and leather jacketed David Haselhoff, playing the reluctant but slick hero Michael Knight in the TV show Knight Rider, speaking into his watch. He’d usually… Read More ›
Mediated Intimacies: Relationships, Bodies and Technology Call for Papers: Special Issue of Journal of Gender Studies to be published March 2017 edited by Alison Winch, Feona Attwood, Jamie Hakim. We are looking for 7000 word completed essays by 31st December… Read More ›
It’s hard being a consumer these days. Do I buy it? Do I not buy it? How many minutes will I have left by the time I’ve blogged about it?
Due to my current reliance upon a laptop that’s unsuitable for my work, I presently find myself running a disk cleaning utility on a near daily basis. It’s a very useful bit of software that very quickly wipes caches and… Read More ›
Geek Revenue: The Cultural Industries in the Age of Digital Piracy from Simon Lindgren on Vimeo. This video essay uses classical cultural theory as well as current internet research to address the relationship between the cultural industries and the increasingly… Read More ›
The fact that you have a Ph.D. — let alone that you teach at a good university — doesn’t make you an intellectual. Being an intellectual means, at the very least, that you can convey ideas in multiple media, thereby… Read More ›
This review was originally posted on the LSE Review of Books Media Technologies: Essays on Communication, Materiality, and Society is an impressively cohesive collection that seeks to map the intersections between Science and Technology Studies (STS) and Communication and Media… Read More ›
In this interesting debate from the iai.tv the “outspoken philosopher of science” Steve Fuller (also SI blogger and Warwick sociologist) debates Cory Doctorow and Kate Russell on the meaning of privacy in contemporary society. I’m pretty hostile to Fuller’s argument here but there’s some… Read More ›
This great Tumblr blog collates and critiques the frequently absurd representations of women in comics. This is an issue which seems to have come to new-found prominence partly through social media, with the much shared Avengers graphic below only the… Read More ›