Month: November 2015

From Countdown to Zero Day, by Kim Zetter, loc 1000-1018: When Chien joined Symantec, antivirus researchers were like the Maytag repairman in those iconic ads— they had a lot of downtime. Viruses were still rare and tended to spread slowly via floppy disks and the “sneaker net”— carried from one computer to another by hand. […]

In my capacity as social media associate editor of the International Journal of Social Research Methodology, I’m arranging an ask the editors session on Twitter. It will take place on Tuesday 1st December, 11.00—12.00. We’ll definitely have Ros Edwards and Christina Hughes. We’ll possibly have Malcolm Williams participating as well. We’ll use the hashtag #IJSRM for the discussion. […]

e invite you to submit your paper on digital gaming, Game Studies or related disciplines focusing on digital game and gaming in all its theoretical dimensions and emerging applications. Digital technologies promote a transformation in the practice of gaming and the role it plays in contemporary society. From a broader perspective, the monograph aims to […]

CALL FOR PAPERS The contemporary relevance of the work of Pierre Bourdieu BSA Bourdieu Study Group’s Inaugural Biennial Conference 2016 Organised in association with the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies, University of Bristol 4-6 July, 2016, University of Bristol Pierre Bourdieu has been one of the most influential sociologists of the second half […]

I just came across this superb introduction produced by the Cambridge Social Ontology group: The term ontology3 derives from Greek, with “onto” meaning “being”, and “logos” usually interpreted as “science”; so that ontology, as traditionally understood, is the science or study of being4. The word being has at least two senses: 1)  Something that is, […]

From the Guardian, via BrainPickings: Write Put one word after another. Find the right word, put it down. Finish what you’re writing. Whatever you have to do to finish it, finish it. Put it aside. Read it pretending you’ve never read it before. Show it to friends whose opinion you respect and who like the […]

What makes human beings distinctive amongst animals? This is an argument I found myself having a few times last week. I just came across a great passage by Martha Nussbaum, quoted on Brain Pickings, reflecting my own views on this. When I say ‘reflexivity is a defining characteristic of the human’, it’s a short hand for this […]

Two new songs that are apparently from Brian Fallon’s impending solo album. I’m not that keen on the first but I can’t get the second out of my head. I still wish Gaslight Anthem hadn’t split up but it’s been a long time since I’ve looked forward to an album release this much.

Another excellent annual reflection from Daniel Little on the eighth birthday of Understanding Society. It’s one of my favourite academic blogs and certainly my favourite theory blog: This week marks the end of the eighth year of Understanding Society. This year passed the 1000 mark — the blog is now up to 1,029 posts, or well […]

Following from our successful workshop earlier this year, we’re organising the first of what will hopefully become a regular reflexivity forum at the University of Warwick on May 24th. The intention is to provide a space in which people conducting empirical research into human reflexivity will be able to present work in progress, discuss issues they’ve encountered and meet […]

How did ‘love locks’ spread from the great cities of Europe to a grim motorway junction in suburban north Manchester? There’s about 10-20 on here at present. I’m going to keep checking back to see if they spread.  They can also be found in Manchester city centre:  

In my capacity as social media associate editor of the International Journal of Social Research Methodology, I’m arranging an ask the editors session on Twitter. It will take place on Tuesday 1st December, 11.00—12.00. We’ll definitely have Ros Edwards and Christina Hughes. We’ll possibly have Malcolm Williams participating as well. We’ll use the hashtag #IJSRM for the discussion. […]

Social Class in the 21st Century by Mike Savage et al How to Thrive in the Digital Age by Tom Chatfield Islamic State: The Digital Caliphate by Abdel Bari Atwan Untangling the Web by Aleks Krotoski Jony Ive by Leander Kahney The Modi Effect by Lance Price

One of the most interesting developments in the so-called sharing economy is the growing tendency for the largest of these companies to try and mobilise their users as lobbying and protest groups at the municipal level But when Airbnb’s executives look out at the world, they don’t see a fragmented puzzle of local politics and […]