Monthly Archives: March 2016

Politactics

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 […]

Boaty McBoatface and the need for Civil Disobedience

“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.

Drones, Panopticism, and Ossuaries

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 […]

Getting Shirty: Cameron’s Suit, Fresh Meat and Magical Realism

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.

Freud and Football Manager

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 […]