Tuesday, 24 February 2009

Moral panics, the Daily Mail and... social networks

On my journey into Marylebone today I spotted the following headline: "Social websites harm children's brains", gracing the front page of the Daily Mail. Story in full here.

Edit: also appeared in The Guardian here. Ben Goldacre also offers an illuminating blog post with lots of useful references here.

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I am director of the Media and Persuasive Communication (MPC) network at Bangor University where I also lecture on political-economy of the media. I am currently working on a book provisionally titled Deconstructing Privacy for Peter Lang and leading two empirical projects in connection with privacy perception and the use of new media for smoking cessation. I am author of Creativity and Advertising: Affect, Events and Process (Routledge, 2013); The Mood of Information: A Critique of Behavioural Advertising (Continuum, 2011); and Digital Advertising (Palgrave-MacMillan, 2009). Please contact me at mcstay@bangor.ac.uk if you are interested in Ph.D supervision or consultancy services.