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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.

Privacy in a Digital Age

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 ›

Listening to Wikipedia

What does Wikipedia sound like? It probably never occurred to you to ask that question. But this website provides an answer. There’s a description below the image of the meanings of the sounds used. I really like this project. What can initially… Read More ›

Reflecting on the Riots

In the first episode of the LSE British Politicast, we take a closer look at the Riots of 2011. This podcast looks back on the riots, presenting sociological and criminological perspectives on why they happened and what, if anything, can be… Read More ›

The Web is See Through

88% of the self-generated, sexually explicit online images and videos of young people their analysts encountered had been taken from their original location and uploaded onto other websites, shows a recent study by the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF). Read the… Read More ›

International Number Ones

Click on the image below to explore this visualisation of international number ones (as the people behind it point out: every country is the best at something!) from the wonderful website Information is Beautiful.

Academia 2.0

Do ‘prestigious’ journals make academics lazy? An unlikely parallel with the art world Training, teaching or empowering people with social media? A case study of a university’s digital strategy Podcast with Martin Eve about Open Source Academic Publishing The ‘prestige’ of journals in… Read More ›