Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Umberto Eco on Wikileaks

In an article for the French daily newspaper, Libération, Eco argues that technology is like a crab [that goes backwards]. He also points out that in days past, the press would spend its time trying to figure out things kept secret behind the scenes. Nowadays it’s the embassies that are asking the press for the inside story. More from the semiotician and novelist 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.