media

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’ […]

1003, 2016

How can the media industry better engage with ethnic audiences?

By |March 10th, 2016|Opinion|Comments Off on How can the media industry better engage with ethnic audiences?

Indi Deol, Director of DESIblitz web magazine and speaker at this year’s #RethinkMedia conference at Birmingham City University

There are many challenges in terms of cultural differences, trust and language especially.

What needs to be realised is that there is diversity within the ethnic communities themselves. For example, a British Asian is not just of the same background […]

1205, 2015

Let’s give Mr Whittingdale a little licence

By |May 12th, 2015|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Let’s give Mr Whittingdale a little licence

Bob Calver, senior lecturer in Broadcast Journalism at Birmingham City University

Much has been made of the impact on the BBC of the new man in charge of the Department of Culture Media and Sport. John Whittingdale is on record as saying the BBC Licence Fee is ‘worse than the poll tax’ and that the current […]

1004, 2015

A day in the life of a postgraduate student

By |April 10th, 2015|Student Life|Comments Off on A day in the life of a postgraduate student

If you’re considering whether to do a postgraduate degree or PhD there’s probably a lot of questions going through your mind: how am I going to pay for it? Should I quit my job? Will I cope with the workload? But most importantly, what is it really like? Karen Patel, a full time PhD student […]

2603, 2015

Boy Band Breakups: Let’s not be so cavalier to the “Directioners”

By |March 26th, 2015|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Boy Band Breakups: Let’s not be so cavalier to the “Directioners”

Professor Craig Jackson, Head of Psychology at Birmingham City University

In February 1996 when Take That announced their split, press reports were feverish about the prospect of fans, distraught at the news of the band’s demise, threatening to commit suicide, and being mournful. While we may look back on this with some joyful glee, it might […]