Digital Media

Has the Internet Hardwired You With Bad Habits?

Daisy May Sitch | Posted 15.05.2016 | UK Tech
Daisy May Sitch

I literally look down all the time. We have become a look down generation, void of eye contact and passing conversation. I can't walk to or from the station/office/shop/pub without checking my notifications which then spark an urgency to respond and engage. I'm dismissive of, and frustrated by strangers. I'm grumpy and permanently tired.

Cybersphere #1 - TASTY & The Rise of Online Sugar

Jonnie Bayfield | Posted 29.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Jonnie Bayfield

Now, I'm no adonis and my diet is certainly not fit for a king-unless that king was a fan of Yo-yoing like some 90's Blue Peter segment. My eating is...

The Digital Afterlife: How Technology Has Changed the Way We Grieve

Philip Ellis | Posted 23.03.2016 | UK Tech
Philip Ellis

There was a time when only two things in life were certain; death and taxes. Now there's a third certainty; that the imprint we leave online will last long after we are gone. By 2012, just eight years after Facebook launched, 30 million profile owners had died. According to some estimates, 8,000 Facebook users die every day, leaving behind profiles, photos, likes, and memories.

Time to Get More Small Businesses Digitally Active

Michelle Ovens | Posted 21.03.2016 | UK
Michelle Ovens

For over 20 years now, the halcyon future of a remote working life style facilitated by digital technology has been waved just in front of our noses -...

Rejecting the Social Constructs of Masculinity and Femininity

Jojo Furnival | Posted 04.03.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Jojo Furnival

A couple of weeks ago, I listened to some guy on Radio 2 expressing his point of view on masculinity and the topic of men crying. Real men don't cry, he said. "There are plenty of things that bring a lump to my throat, but that doesn't mean I'm going to start blubbing like a little girl." Wow.

Want to Equip Students for the Creative Industries? Teach Them How to Care About the World and Each Other

Charlotte Webb | Posted 02.02.2016 | UK
Charlotte Webb

It's not certain how this kind of experiment can be scaled or replicated on a long-term basis. But I could see students transforming before my eyes as they saw how their practices could make an impact on society. Yes, they learned skills that will help them get a job, but they also learned to care about each other and the world. Now that's worth it.

Finally, Newspapers Are Facing the Reality of Digital

Edward Lowe | Posted 04.11.2015 | UK Tech
Edward Lowe

The Sun newspaper recently announced that it would stop its 'pay wall' on its site, making online stories "largely free" to the public by the end of N...

Why Digital Will Be The Saviour Of Publishing

Marie Carter | Posted 05.10.2015 | UK Tech
Marie Carter

The evolution of mobile tech and faster connections (viable 4G in many areas) alongside greater digital 'savviness' are all creating a new publishing revolution. As devices get smarter and mobile connectivity starts to match Wi-Fi speed, digital magazines and newspapers can really take flight.

Generation Aware: The Importance of Conversation in the Digital Age

Dr Richard Graham | Posted 25.09.2015 | UK Tech
Dr Richard Graham

Young people left to their own devices are unlikely to develop greater resilience and understanding without some opportunity to share their experiences with adults. But what can we say when they want to discuss some of the more disturbing events that they discover, not just 'on the internet', but in the offline world that we all inhabit?

Garage Magazine Reinvents the Idea of Print with augmented reality: Q&A With Digital Manager Ahmad Swaid and Editorial Director Michael Polsinelli

Sam Aldenton | Posted 23.09.2015 | UK Style
Sam Aldenton

In a day and age when print magazines seem to offer less content then their online counterparts at a greater cost and lesser convenience, this issue of Garage makes you want to actually buy the magazine (crazy right?).

Digital Technology Is the Only Game Changer We've Got for Delivering Greater Social Impact

Julie Dodd | Posted 22.09.2015 | UK Tech
Julie Dodd

Digital transformation cannot be created overnight. It requires commitment from the highest levels of an organisation, and a significant shift in culture, resourcing, processes and tools. But if sector organisations are serious about delivering greater social impact in the current climate - digital maybe the only game changer we've got.

Body Issues: Obsession, Anxiety and 'Wellness'

Eloise Hendy | Posted 18.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Eloise Hendy

Body obsession is contemporary Western culture's default state. When it comes to matters of the flesh it increasingly feels there is no space for neut...

Digital Stress and Opening Up for a Discussion About It

Sofie Sandell | Posted 15.09.2015 | UK Tech
Sofie Sandell

The discussion I learnt the most about digital stress from last week was with a leadership coach who told me that by avoiding talking about the problem of digital stress we are only making it bigger. Many managers never take the time to talk about what makes us feel stressed at work. If you never point out the weaknesses it's hard to do anything about them.

My Kid Bought a £50 Horror Game Whilst Watching Cartoons

Pat Higgins | Posted 14.09.2015 | UK Parents
Pat Higgins

Yesterday, my four-year-old bought 'Until Dawn', the new PS4 survival horror game starring Hayden Panettiere. It cost me £50. She did this whilst I s...

Meet The Future Of Our World: The Next Generation Changing the World For the Better

Adam Bradford | Posted 18.08.2015 | UK
Adam Bradford

For the past eight years I've been working with young people, young entrepreneurs and social entrepreneurs across the country and abroad. It's been an eye-opener to say the least. I've had the pleasure of witnessing the talent and creativity this world's young people have and the way in which it is being suppressed and thrown away by a fickle society.

Confused By the Mysterious World of Children's Digital Books?

Dr Natalia Kucirkova | Posted 27.07.2015 | UK Tech
Dr Natalia Kucirkova

A body of research concerned with e-books on laptops and PCs shows that high quality e-books can support children's vocabulary, story comprehension and word reading. However, e-books and digital books on tablets with many hotspots and multimedia features which do not correspond to the narrative can diminish children's story comprehension and vocabulary.

What Is the Future of News Media?

Lindsay Pattison | Posted 23.07.2015 | UK
Lindsay Pattison

Increasingly, I link from Twitter and now Facebook as much as I go to news brands' own sites. The enmeshing of 'Old' and 'New' moves the speed versus veracity debate on to a more realistic debate of authenticity and engagement on consumers' terms.

Revisiting Thrills and Swoon: Can Feminists Enjoy Mills and Boon?

Bethan Forrest | Posted 10.07.2015 | UK Entertainment
Bethan Forrest

Mills and Boon produce over 100 titles a month in a variety of ranges which range from the hospital romance to traditional historical romance to their Blaze series which is decidedly more sexually risqué. As of 2008, over 200million Mills and Boon books were sold per annum...

Hacktivism to Balaclava Punk: Protest Must Be Protected in All Its Forms

Thomas Hughes | Posted 22.06.2015 | UK
Thomas Hughes

Protest is increasingly going digital. Whether it is using the internet to organise and report physical acts of protest, using online space as a platform on which to take action, or targeting online infrastructure itself: across the world, people are taking their right to protest online.

Five Tech Priorities for the New UK Government

Damian Radcliffe | Posted 27.05.2015 | UK Tech
Damian Radcliffe

Although the future of the BBC is likely to be the most high profile part of John Whittingdale's portfolio; technology - as a job enabler and creator - will no doubt also be a key priority. Here's my take on the top five tech issues likely to be sitting in the ministerial red box

How Can a Social Network Tackle Diversity Issues Within the Creative Industries

Ciarán Burke | Posted 19.05.2016 | UK Tech
Ciarán Burke

It is fair to say that Facebook has revolutionised social interactions for most people. Whilst, once, friends would call each other on their parents' landline during the evening to catch up, now they are constantly connected in a network where information, news and events enrich and improve the lives of all members.

Building Influence in a Fragmented World - How Can Brands Forge Meaningful Relationships With Consumers?

David Pemsel | Posted 12.05.2016 | UK
David Pemsel

The digital revolution has caused seismic changes for brands - from the way they connect with their audiences, to the channels they can use to reach them. The way people are consuming news has been turned on its head, with more and more people accessing content from global sources, using multiple platforms and sharing huge volumes of self-produced content themselves.

Election Response - What's Next for Digital Democracy?

Matt Chocqueel-Mangan | Posted 08.05.2016 | UK Politics
Matt Chocqueel-Mangan

After an election there is often a period of reflection. I hope our politicians will see this as an opportunity to learn the lessons of the past 5 years, and the last 5 weeks, to build a better future for us all. As someone committed to improving our democracy, so will I.

Giving Voice to Tokyo's Street Furniture

Ben Barker | Posted 19.06.2015 | UK Tech
Ben Barker

From Saturday using text messaging on their mobile phones Tokyoites will be able to talk to the famous outdoor vending machines, street mirrors and any other city object with a serial code. As the objects wake up, they will learn from Tokyo's inhabitants and share back the stories they hear.

Why Jail Time Isn't The Way To 'Treat' A Troll... By A Troll

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 16.04.2015 | UK Politics

Beyond The Ballot is The Huffington Post UK's alternative take on the General Election, taking on the issues too awkward for Westminster. It focuses o...