social media

1509, 2017

Social media homicide confessions – stories of killing in digital culture

By |September 15th, 2017|In The News, Opinion|0 Comments

Criminologist Professor Elizabeth Yardley discusses the relationship between violent crime and social media use, ahead of her new research being published later this month.

On Easter Sunday earlier this year, 74-year-old Robert Godwin Senior went out for a walk in east Cleveland in the US state of Ohio. It was a sunny day and he was […]

1209, 2017

Absence of legitimacy + absence of visibility = absence of reality

By |September 12th, 2017|In The News, Opinion|0 Comments

Mohammed Rahman, lecturer in Criminology at Birmingham City University, offers theoretical and observational thoughts on the recent HMP Birmingham unrest.

Prison unrest in England and Wales is nothing new.  In the past 12 months there have been several cases of disorder with riot damages costing millions of pounds.  A prominent case was the 2016 HMP Birmingham […]

2605, 2017

The Confirmation Bubble: Social Media and the UK Election

By |May 26th, 2017|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on The Confirmation Bubble: Social Media and the UK Election

by Mark Brill, Senior Lecturer in Future Media and Digital Communication at Birmingham City University

Social Media has become a key battleground for political campaigning. Ahead of the upcoming UK election the main parties are putting social media at the core of their campaigns. The question is, how will all that activity impact on the final vote on […]

205, 2017

The tip of an iceberg: Madeleine McCann and the shameful realities of missing children

By |May 2nd, 2017|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on The tip of an iceberg: Madeleine McCann and the shameful realities of missing children

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

Ten years ago, three-year-old Madeleine McCann disappeared from a holiday apartment in the Portuguese resort of Praia da Luz. Though physically absent, she became a permanent presence in mainstream media and public consciousness. Both visible and invisible, seen and unseen, clear and blurred.

She […]

1403, 2016

The highs and lows of Twitter’s first decade

By |March 14th, 2016|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on The highs and lows of Twitter’s first decade

by Mark Brill, senior lecturer in Digital Communication and Future Media at Birmingham City University

Twitter is ten years old this month (21 March). At first, only a few people got the point of it, but throughout the decade it has become a place for revelations, revolutions and many indiscretions. It’s easy to see why.

The short-form format […]

2502, 2016

In an age of constant social media communication, are sports stadiums losing relevance?

By |February 25th, 2016|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on In an age of constant social media communication, are sports stadiums losing relevance?

Dr Steve McCabe, Birmingham City Business School

For someone who grew up in Hall Green, Birmingham in the 1970s it is fascinating to look at the pictures taken of the area when it was being transformed in the 1920s from a small collection of house in the countryside on the outskirts of Birmingham to the suburb […]

601, 2016

Twitter’s Dilemma: Is Longer Really Better?

By |January 6th, 2016|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on Twitter’s Dilemma: Is Longer Really Better?

Mark Brill, senior lecturer in Digital Communication and Future Media at Birmingham City University

Every time a popular social media site announces a change, their users seem to throw up their arms in horror. When Facebook announced additions to their ‘Like’ function in 2015, it was branded the ‘Dislike’ button and warnings about loss of users […]

1311, 2015

‘Playboy’ A-lister? Let’s spare a thought for the millions of others fighting HIV, says Psychologist

By |November 13th, 2015|In The News, Opinion|Comments Off on ‘Playboy’ A-lister? Let’s spare a thought for the millions of others fighting HIV, says Psychologist

Dr Elle Boag, senior lecturer in Social Psychology at Birmingham City University

Standing in the coffee queue awaiting my time with the barista I overheard some of our students discussing what was clearly a topic of great speculation…Fabulous, I thought to myself….clearly the topic of today’s lecture must have been exciting and stimulating…then I heard one […]

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 […]

403, 2015

The role the media plays in portraying Muslims

By |March 4th, 2015|Opinion|Comments Off on The role the media plays in portraying Muslims

The portrayal of Muslims in the media is feeding prejudice and encouraging discrimination, according to Faeeza Vaid, Executive Director of the National Muslim Women’s Network.

The figurehead for Muslim women was speaking at a Birmingham City University hosted Integration Roadshow, held in partnership with the Department for Communities and Local Government. The half-day conference gave […]