Month: May 2022

Who put the literacy in digital literacy: Why is voice messaging absent in digital sociology, why are we obsessed with text, and why is this title longer than the post below?

Voice messaging sends prerecorded audio messages via messaging apps. Users can mix and match audio messages with other media such as text or visual.  Voice messaging allows people…

Disinformation – you have no idea what it is so it beats me how you plan to fix it

Just adding to the rash of ‘stop thinking disinformation is the problem’ takes out there. The high cultural capital crew like to imagine there to be a bright…

You never had and will never have the right to repair, or any other rights for that matter

If you see the ‘No user serviceable parts inside’ notice as a challenge, I am with you. I am in the class of people most open to the…

What’s the difference between description and analysis? The myth of the unfakeable banknote

I often say to students ‘describe, then analyse’. Well, how do you know which one you are doing and what the difference between them is? And while we’re…

Malware: proposal for a social history

Computer security is the culmination of a series of subversions. Just as policing evolves in response to crime, so computer systems evolve in response to threats. When it…

Aspirational illicit markets

Early in my career I researched smoking in areas of multiple deprivation in Scotland. At the time these were places where the social, economic and physical fabric had…


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