Even if I wasn’t a supporter, I’d have been fascinated by Labour’s use of social media in the last election and how this built upon prior successes in successive leadership elections. The new book by Steve Howell, deputy director of strategy and communications during the election, contains many fascinating snippets […]
An interesting conversation between Eric Stoller and David Webster:
I was first taught by Margaret Archer in 2006, as an MA Philosophy student at the University of Warwick. At that point I was a committed Rortian but the discussions and debates we had in seminars over that year laid the groundwork for my later turn towards critical realism. She subsequently supervised my […]
I’m getting an “argh, it’s so weird listening to my own voice” reaction for the first time in years:
An interesting podcast produced at the Independent Social Research Foundation’s Workshop in Edinburgh earlier this year: https://soundcloud.com/isrf/2015-isrf-annual-workshop-social-science-as-communication (I can’t get it to embed it for some reason). I’m interviewed about social media a few minutes into the podcast.
I’ve just tried using Hootsuite for the first time and I’m utterly baffled by it. I may be missing something obvious, but the software seems designed to be cumbersome and time consuming: Contrast this to the clarity of Buffer. If you’re using Hootsuite and haven’t yet tried Buffer, I can’t […]
# In solidarity with Library Genesis and Sci-Hub In Antoine de Saint Exupéry’s tale the Little Prince meets a businessman who accumulates stars with the sole purpose of being able to buy more stars. The Little Prince is perplexed. He owns only a flower, which he waters every day. Three […]
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 […]
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 […]
Via Nick Mahoney. How good does this event look? Why Are We Not Boycotting Academia.edu? Coventry University Tuesday 8th December 2015 3:00-6:00pm Ellen Terry Building room ET130 With: Janneke Adema – Chair (Coventry University, UK) Pascal Aventurier (INRA, France) Kathleen Fitzpatrick (MLA/Coventry University, US) Gary Hall (Coventry University, UK) David […]
The idea of a trailer for an academic monograph might seem rather strange at first sight. But it’s a potentially extremely effective way of promoting a book which, as social media for academics continues to institutionalise, will only become more potent. Here’s the most recent example I’ve seen, produced by a […]
Thanks to Matthew Reisz for putting together this excellent piece after we spoke last week. There’s a substantive article but he also compiled these ten tips (which I definitely didn’t offer sequentially off the top of my head!) to finish it off: Think through carefully exactly what you want to achieve by engaging […]
Available for pre-order now! See here for the cheapest place to buy it online, as well as table of contents & summary. I’ll be launching a new Social Media for Academics website in April 2016 as a companion for the book!
This event by David Beer at York looks fantastic. I’ve just submitted an abstract to talk about how representations of techno-fascism, post-capitalism and collapse can be used as a resource for social theorising.
HT to Jack Palmer for this very nicely produced video, introducing the idea of the digital footprint: When I can bring myself to write about social media again, I intend to blog a lot about this. I had some interesting ideas in the final stages of finishing Social Media for […]
I’m in the process of taking a carving knife to Social Media for Academics so expect more snippets to follow: As Deborah Lupton has observed in her Digital Sociology, “Some academics are concerned that if their conference papers are live-tweeted at conferences, audio- or videotaped, blogged abut, or otherwise shared on social media by […]
This superb post by Cory Doctorow offers a philosophy of blogging extremely similar to what I’ve described as continuous publishing: As a committed infovore, I need to eat roughly six times my weight in information every day or my brain starts to starve and atrophy. I gather information from many sources: print, […]
The final stages of Social Media for Academics are giving me flashbacks to the end of my PhD. I’ve drunk so much coffee that I can barely sit down, I have Forces of Victory on repeat and I’m alternating between thinking the nearly finished work is brilliant and concluding that it’s utterly […]