★★★★✩ Originally published in The Tech. Reviews often destroy movies, and only rarely, as in the case of Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, do they create them. In 2011, a New York Times review of Kim Barker’s wartime memoir The Taliban Shuffle described Barker as “a sort of Tina Fey character, who unexpectedly finds herself addicted to… Continue reading WTF offers a unique perspective on life on the front line
Originally published in The Tech. ★★★✩✩ The title of Michael Moore’s latest documentary, Where to Invade Next, seems to reflect ambivalence on the part of its creator. It is after all no coincidence that Moore’s trio of breakout box office hits — Bowling for Columbine, Fahrenheit 9/11, and Sicko — appeared during the administration of… Continue reading Michael Moore’s war of hearts and minds
Cross-posted from the Center for Civic Media blog. Last week I had the chance to watch one of the world’s great electoral-political spectacles - the New Hampshire primary - up close. It wasn’t by any means my first dalliance with American politics: I’ve had at least a loose involvement in the fascinating and frequently Freudian… Continue reading Consider the Lawn Sign: elections as civic engagement
Published in MIT's The Tech. ★★★✩✩ Trumbo It seems more than a little fitting that Jay Roach’s new biopic, Trumbo, is classified as a ‘Drama’ for the forthcoming Golden Globes in spite of its studio’s preference for it to be considered in the less competitive Comedy category. This is fitting not only since Trumbo is a… Continue reading Review: Trumbo offers a shallow take on Hollywood’s writer’s bloc
Published in MIT's The Tech “From Firing Line to The O’Reilly Factor” - Heather Hendershot, CMS/W Colloquium Series, October 22, 2015 Lamenting the state of American political discourse is a popular refrain at present, and it’s not hard to see why. At a time when offensive statements from the likes of Donald Trump and Ben Carson serve not… Continue reading Fired Up, Dumbed Down? William F. Buckley and the Decline of Political Discourse
The following is a slightly edited version of a talk I gave at the Data Power conference in Sheffield this week, presenting work by myself and Ralph Schroeder. The question of what drives news coverage far pre-dates the Internet and the rise of social media, and over the decades – or indeed the centuries –… Continue reading Big Data – What’s New(s)?
My appearance on The Monocle's Globalist show, on Thursday 16th April 2015, to discuss the EU's antitrust case against Google. [Full episode here]
My appearance on the Monocle's The Briefing show, on Wednesday 25th March 2015, to discuss diplomats and politicians on Twitter. [Full episode here]
I am quoted in this Guardian article by Jamie Jackson about how football clubs are making use of social media platforms.
Social media: the good, the bad, and the ugly.' Public talk at BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, Oxfordshire Branch, Oxford, UK, September 2014.