Month: May 2015

Difficult Men: Behind The Scenes of a Creative Revolution by Brett Martin That Option No Longer Exists: Britain 1974-76 by John Medhurst Them: Adventures With Extremists by Jon Ronson Boomerang: The Biggest Bust by Michael Lewis Adrian Mole: The Prostrate Years by Sue Townsend Graphic Novels: Southern Basterds Volume 2

It’s been a while since I last did one of these: The Happiness Industry by William Davies – superb and I’m interviewing him about it next week A Decent Ride by Irvine Welsh – far from his best but immensely readable nonetheless Warwick University LTD by E.P. Thompson and others – I chose an eerily […]

The Politics of Data (Science) This special issue of Discover Society will explore the political implications of ‘big data’ and the systems of expertise emerging around it, including though not limited to Data Science. In doing so it will aim to bridge the gap between the methodological discourse surrounding data science and the political discourse […]

Design fiction is a term first coined by Julian Bleecker and popularized by SF author Bruce Sterling, who describes it as “the deliberate use of diegetic prototypes to suspend disbelief about change.” and that it “attacks the status quo and suggests clear ways in which life might become different.” Design fiction isn’t science fiction, it’s […]

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tSjAI3KMS2I Whoa, give me the words, give me the words That tell me nothing Dear England, Whoa, give me the words, give me the words That tell me nothing They say God save the queen, Britannia rules the waves, Britannia’s in my genes But Britannia called us slaves Britannia made the borders Cause Britannia’s forces […]

The Politics of Data (Science) This special issue of Discover Society will explore the political implications of ‘big data’ and the systems of expertise emerging around it, including though not limited to Data Science. In doing so it will aim to bridge the gap between the methodological discourse surrounding data science and the political discourse […]