Short pieces

This is a selection of links to some of my pieces of journalism, magazine articles, extended website/blog posts and other short pieces.

We need to change who can analyse our data – as well as who own it, OpenDemocracy, 17 June 2019.

Facebook’s new currency is an attempt to create a platform we never leave, OpenDemocracy, 27 May 2019.

Uber and the power of imagined futures, The Social Review, 1 May 2019.

A machine-generated book and an algorithmic author, Towards Data Science, 14 April 2019.

Portraits of a pulsating life: Georg Simmel’s encounter with Rembrandt, Berfrois, 9 April 2019.

Are cassette tapes really making a comeback?, Louder Than War, 10 January 2019.

Review of the Beastie Boys Book, Louder Than War, 6 January 2019.

Crew neck capitalism, Medium, 30 November 2018

The oppressiveness of creativity, Open Democracy, 30 October 2018.

The new concentrations of power, Towards Data Science, 20 October 2018

Review of Digital Garbage, Louder Than War, 1 October 2018.

Data and political change, Towards Data Science, 20 September 2018.

Grasping at upheaval, Berfrois, 11 September 2018.

Those matter-out-of-place music TV moments, Louder Than War, 5 August 2018.

The inescapable gaze of data analytics, Discover Society, 3 July 2018

The data imaginary: Six reasons why data analytics have become so powerful, LSE Politics & Policy, 3 July 2018.

Is technology undermining democracy?, Brave New Europe, 29 April 2018.

Zuckerberg’s answer to the Cambridge Analytica scandal, give Facebook more power, The Independent, 11 April 2018.

The power of our social media data, Discover Society, 4th April 2018.

Cambridge Analytica: The data analytics industry is already in full swing, The Conversation, 23 March 2018.

Ripping up the Yellow Pages, Open Democracy, 14 September 2017.

Review of Radicals: Outsiders Changing the World, LSE Review of Books, 31 July 2017.

The backfire effect, bad objects and changing our mind online, Open Democracy, 19 July 2017.

The puzzle we face, New Socialist, 19 July 2017.

Dominance and Disruption, Open Democracy, 6 July 2017.

Why don’t we just…stop measuring ourselves all the time?, Big Issue North, 12-18 June.

The Hegemon Crack’d, New Socialist, 16 June 2017.

The cold intimacy that comes when the TV calls your name, Open Democracy, 2 June 2017.

The power of money: how the rich took hold of our monetary systems to make themselves richer, Open Democracy, 5 May 2017.

From Bananarama to Boyzone, Here’s why so many bands are making a comeback, The Conversation, 28 April 2017.

Data-led politics: Do analytics have the power that we are led to believe?, LSE Politics & Policy, 3 March 2017.

Whatever happened to 3 Alveston Place?, Louder Than War, 19 February 2017.

Stuart Hall: Selected Political Writings, Hong Kong Review of Books, 13 February 2017.

Why is everyone talking about algorithms?, Discover Society, 4 January 2017.

Algorithms: the villains and heroes of the ‘post-truth’ era, Open Democracy, 3 January 2017.

Measuring and engineering influence on social media: what does this mean for political power?, LSE Politics & Policy, 6 December 2016.

Four Futures, Open Democracy, 23 November 2016.

Walter Benjamin’s Tales, Berfrois, 9 November 2016.

The closure of Vine, The Conversation, 28 October 2016.

Numbers don’t need to be trusted to shape our lives: they just need our attention, The Guardian, 11 August 2016.

Snapchat’s new Memories function could change the way we remember, New Statesman, 13 July 2016.

The Carnival of Uncertainty, Open Democracy, 3 July 2016. (A longer version of this piece is available here).

How do we reimagine?, Sociological Review website, 3 July 2016.

Metrics and the production of uncertainty, LSE Politics & Policy, 24 May 2016.

In defence of writing book reviews, Times Higher Education, 7 April 2016.

Walter Benjamin’s Blog, Berfrois, 8 December 2015.

Being trained by Twitter stats, LSE Impact, 25 November 2015.

Mason’s Postcapitalism – are networks actually part of the problem?, Open Democracy, 11 November 2015.

When ‘special measures’ become ordinary, Open Democracy, 7 August 2015.

The Growing Power of the Data Analytics Industry, Discover Society, August 2015.

Connected and disconnected writing, Sociological Imagination, July 2015.

The comfort of a smartphone, Sociological Imagination, 28 May 2015.

Taking a measure of happiness, Berfrois, 20 May 2015.

The new Apple Watch and the problem of our creeping connectivity’, Sociological Imagination, 16 May 2015.

Systems of measurement have a productive power in our lives, LSE Politics & Policy, 28 April 2015.

Real or fantasy, football is now consumed by numbers, The Conversation, 28 April 2015.

Living with smartness, Open Democracy, 27 April 2015.

One hit wonders dominate as social media turns up the pace of the pop charts, The Conversation, 6 January 2015.

Walter Benjamin’s Voice, Berfrois, 18 December 2014.

Sociology’s dual horizons, The Sociological Review website, 20 October 2014.

The embedded power of algorithms, Open Democracy, 3 July 2014.

The invisibility of the recording engineer, Discover Society, 1 July 2014.

TV Game Shows and Social Change, Sociological Imagination, 20 May 2014.

An invitation to punk sociology, Sociological Imagination, 17 December 2013.

Collecting Simmel’s Thoughts: Fragmentation, Consistency, Unity, Berfrois, 21 November 2013.

The New Circulations of Culture, Berfrois, 31 July 2013.

Academic Knowledge and the Politics of Circulation, LSE Impact in the Social Sciences, 29 July 2013.

Algorithms in the Academy, Times Higher Education, 30 August 2012.

Experiencing Sociology’s Midlife Crisis, Sociological Imagination, 13 July 2012.

Bodies in Musical Bubbles, Berfrois, 11 July 2012.

Sloterdijk’s Moment, Berfrois, 29 May 2012.

The Chaos of Music Genres, Berfrois, 4 May 2012.

Popular Culture and the Unconstrained Sociological Imagination, Sociological Imagination, 8 December 2011.

Urban knowledge through popular culture: some reflections on everyday encounters with the melodramatic city, (scroll down to pages 67-70) Lo Squaderno: Exploration in Space and Society No. 19, 2011.

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