Feminist Media Studies

By Alison Harvey

Writing a text accounting for the changes in the media landscape since Liesbet van Zoonen set out her compelling and detailed overview of feminist media studies in 1994 was an inspiring and challenging task. New media forms, technologies, and culture are just the tip of the iceberg; … Read More

By Alison Harvey

Writing a text accounting for the changes in the media landscape since Liesbet van Zoonen set out her compelling and detailed overview of feminist media studies in 1994 was an inspiring and challenging task. New media forms, technologies, and culture are just the tip of the iceberg; … Read More

Media education in the age of digital capitalism


By David Buckingham

In the last couple of years, the utopian ideas that inspired the pioneers of networked digital technology – and fuelled countless marketing campaigns – have given way to a growing disillusionment. Technology is increasingly being seen as a threat, not just to democracy but also to our … Read More

Why Do People Sing?


By Paddy Scannell

Why do people sing? There is no reason. We do not have to. The wonder of singing is a joy, a blessing in itself. Something like this I try to explain in the fourth and last chapter of my short book.

The other three chapters all lead … Read More

Visual Culture

By Richard Howells

Visual culture is one of those things that seems to get only more relevant in an increasingly visual age. It also helps explain why my and Joachim Negreiros’s Visual Culture has now gone into its third edition with Polity.

When the first edition came out in 2003, … Read More

Sex Media

Sex sells. Our world has been pornified. Culture is sexualized and it’s making our children grow up too quickly. Porn is everywhere. Porn changes your brain. There is an epidemic of porn addiction. Porn is a public health crisis. Sexting is a growing problem. Raunch culture is damaging girls. Virtual … Read More

The Age of Sharing

It was in the Autumn of 2010 that I noticed that the word ‘share’ was all over the internet. Two or three things were immediately obvious: first, the word ‘sharing’ has very positive connotations and hints at intimate, authentic interpersonal relations; second, it has fairly deep roots in the world … Read More