Learn to Write Badly

Originally posted on Progressive Geographies:
Michael Billig offers some cautionary advice – Learn to Write Badly: How to Succeed in the Social Sciences. Modern academia is increasingly competitive yet the writing style of social scientists is routinely poor and continues to deteriorate. Are social science postgraduates being taught to write poorly? What conditions adversely affect…

Social Media Marketing: Farce or No Farce? Two Books

Recently I have read two books on social media marketing — 500 Social Media Marketing Tips by Andrew Macarthy and Social Media is Bullshit by B.J. Mendelson. The titles are self-explanatory, yet utterly contradictory to one another. Who is right? In the book 500 Social Media Marketing Tips we are informed about how the author believes social…

Summary of article: Theories of Revolutions and Arab Uprisings

A summary of Derya Göçer Akder’s article Theories of Revolutions and Arab Uprisings. Derya Göçer Akder, Theories of Revolutions and Arab Uprisings: The Lessons from the Middle East, Ortadoğu Etütleri, Volume 4, No 2, January 2013, pp.85-110. Introduction The article persuades us to rethink some of the ideas that are generally assumed about revolutions – lessons that…

The Bible: Norway’s no 1 bestseller in 2012

This is the power of marketing. In a country, where apparently 72% of the population consider themselves secular, ‘The Church’ managed to republish (updated to make it an easier read) the best-selling book of 2012 in Norway: the Bible. Church officials have acknowledged that heavy marketing was central to its success. It was promoted as…

Snippet: The environmental impact of the Internet

I am not a hippy or a Green Peace activist, but I have been becoming more and more aware of the Internet’s impact, now that I have been reading about it. Though this is not my prime interest, I do think it would be worth looking into some of the consequences of the use of the…