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2802, 2017

Broadchurch returns and is saturated with issues of violent crime

By |February 28th, 2017|In The News, Opinion|0 Comments

by Dr Elizabeth Yardley, Director of the Centre for Applied Criminology at Birmingham City University

From a criminological perspective, the first episode of the third series of ITV’s Broadchurch was absolutely saturated with contemporary issues, concerns and debates around violent crime.

Trish, the victim of a sexual assault, appears like a deer in the headlights as she […]

102, 2017

Only joking! Offensive humour on television

By |February 1st, 2017|In The News, Opinion|0 Comments

For their forthcoming book ‘Provocative Screens’ Dr Anne Graefer, Lecturer in Media Theory, Birmingham City University has been researching with Dr Ranjana Das from University of Leicester on what really offends people when watching television.

Their interviews with 90 adults in the UK and Germany revealed quickly that humour and comedy is a minefield when it […]

2811, 2016

BBC One’s The Missing – Will the series finale give us all the answers?

By |November 28th, 2016|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on BBC One’s The Missing – Will the series finale give us all the answers?

by Morag Kennedy and Shona Robinson-Edwards, visiting lecturers in Criminology at Birmingham City University

The BBC One crime thriller The Missing has become more intriguing as the weeks go on.  Series two was set to be both intriguing and, at some points, unpredictable.  The disappearance and speculated return of Alice Webster has kept the audience […]

411, 2016

What’s the deal with websleuths? New research explores the popular culture phenomenon

By |November 4th, 2016|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on What’s the deal with websleuths? New research explores the popular culture phenomenon

By Dr Elizabeth Yardley, Director of the Centre for Applied Criminology at Birmingham City University

Websleuthing is the internet-facilitated investigation of crime by people not acting in an official capacity. Websleuths are essentially the twenty first century’s amateur detectives. In recent years, thousands of people – me included – have flocked to spaces like www.websleuths.com, true […]

211, 2016

Lovable Rogues: The Public Fascination of Gangsters

By |November 2nd, 2016|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Lovable Rogues: The Public Fascination of Gangsters

by Mohammed Rahman, PhD Researcher and Assistant Lecturer in Criminology at Birmingham City University

On Monday, it was announced that British actor Tom Hardy is set to play Al Capone in a forthcoming film, focusing on the final years of the Chicagoan mobster.  Once on the FBI’s most wanted list, Al Capone’s criminal activities of bootlegging, protection […]

2010, 2016

What is our fascination with the subject of murder and why does it captivate so many of us?

By |October 20th, 2016|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on What is our fascination with the subject of murder and why does it captivate so many of us?

by Morag Kennedy, Visiting Lecturer in Criminology at Birmingham City University

Murder is, of course, the ultimate taboo.  However it is also a human impulse.  Often when we see murder on the news, we are disgusted by its consequences: the life lost; the grieving family; its effect on that particular close-knit community.  However, there is an […]

1910, 2016

Should American girl group G.R.L sue Little Mix for “copying” their music?

By |October 19th, 2016|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Should American girl group G.R.L sue Little Mix for “copying” their music?

by Dr Ewan Kirk, senior lecturer in Intellectual Property Law at Birmingham City University

The discussion over musicians writing songs that infringe on previous songs from other artists has been topical over the past few years. There has been high-profile litigation over the issue in the US, firstly between Pharrell Williams and the family of […]

908, 2016

Pokémon Go and the Rise of the Phone Zombie

By |August 9th, 2016|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Pokémon Go and the Rise of the Phone Zombie

Mark Brill, Senior Lecturer in Future Media at Birmingham City University looks at the health and safety implications surrounding the Pokémon Go app – and suggests this is nothing new.

A study by Facebook found that smartphone users checked their devices around 150 times per day. That was three years ago. If we now included Pokémon […]

2107, 2016

What does your music listening say about you?

By |July 21st, 2016|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on What does your music listening say about you?

by Craig Hamilton, visiting lecturer at Birmingham City University’s School of Media

I am currently around two thirds of my way through my doctoral research project at BCU. Working out of the Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research (BCMCR), I am looking at the experiences of popular music listeners, with a particular focus on digital […]

1703, 2016

Are dating apps here to stay?

By |March 17th, 2016|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Are dating apps here to stay?

A survey conducted at yesterday’s #RethinkMedia conference at Birmingham City University revealed that over half of respondents expect popular dating app Tinder to be redundant in five years’ time.

Are we getting bored of Tinder? Mark Brill, senior lecturer in Future Media at Birmingham City University, shares his views…

The app is creating a whole ‘Tinder Generation’ […]