Teaching ‘Printed Media in a Digital Age’ at CIEE, 2019/20

This Spring 2020 I will be teaching a course on ‘Printed Media in a Digital Age’ for CIEE (the Council on International Educational Exchange), a US-based non-profit study abroad and intercultural exchange organisation (see the 2020 Study Abroad Europe Semester programs catalogue [PDF]). The course description notes: Journalism is an evolving industry with multimedia platforms […]

RIP Jonathan Miller

RIP Jonathan Miller. What a thinker and doer. I very much appreciated his reflection on the modern anti-religious mood, from 2010 (re-posted below). He’s quoted on BBC Radio 4’s World at One today rejecting the term ‘Renaissance Man’, saying ‘What’s been lost is the taking for granted a world of civilised curiosity’. This quote comes […]

Review: InRealLife documentary sees the life in technology

Seasoned documentary maker Beeban Kidron’s film InRealLife is an investigation into the relationship of teenagers, digital technology and the Internet, taking as its subjects British teenagers in particular, and Western youth in general. It begins with an extended interview with two teenage boys talking about their use of porn, and how they remember pornographic images […]

Review: Release 2.0 by Esther Dyson (World Link)

Release 2.0: A Design For Living in the Digital Age by Esther Dyson Esther Dyson stands head and shoulders above other IT commentators. She presents clear explanations and elegant solutions but sometimes misses the bigger context. Release 2.0 is an invaluable read for anyone already enthusiastic and informed about the digital world. Is it a […]

The RSA and social media

Following the ascendance of Matthew Taylor to Chief Executive of the RSA (Royal Society for the Encouragement of the Arts, Manufacturing and Commerce) there has been a move to engage with new information technologies to facilitate the Society’s activities. The most significant manifestation to date was the RSA Conference The Social Impact of the Web: […]