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Pleased to share with you the cover of our forthcoming book Politactics: Political Conversations from Everyday Analysis, which is in production now and will be released later in the year.

The book is our most directly political and represents a move away from theorizing the entertainment industry and towards the analysis of our contemporary political climate. The ...continue reading "POLITACTICS"

“You’re gonna need a bigger boat” – Martin Brody – Jaws (1975)

When the British Natural Environment Research Council asked the general public to participate in an act of engagement to help decide the name of their new £200m research vessel, they were probably expecting a flood of dignified and courteous responses. ...continue reading "BOATY MCBOATFACE AND THE NEED FOR CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE"

Whilst not so very long ago the notion of the drone evoked a sense of foreboding not unlike that which accompanies the digestion of a Phillip K. Dick’s Minority Report, or a revisiting of Fritz Lang’s Metropolis, recent events suggest that consideration of this technology has been defanged, recasting it with the banal aspect of ...continue reading "DRONES, PANOPTICISM, AND OSSUARIES"

In a week where Corbyn was blasted by Cameron for the cheap appearance of his suit, it is interesting that a reference to the importance of one’s suit in a fictional Channel 4 TV programme has gone unnoticed. ...continue reading "GETTING SHIRTY: CAMERON’S SUIT, FRESH MEAT AND MAGICAL REALISM"

Football Manager is a big deal. It has been a contributing factor in dozens of divorce cases. It has been the subject of two films and has had a best-selling book written about the lives it has destroyed. At the Edinburgh Fringe festival, an entire standup routine is dedicated to the game and its ability ...continue reading "FREUD AND FOOTBALL MANAGER"