There is no Rift in Reality

I don’t want to ruin EastEnders for you (that’s the writers’ job, to borrow a joke from Charlie Brooker) but if you haven’t caught up with the Who killed Lucy Beale? storyline yet then best to skip this paragraph, at least. After the cliffhanger culminated in its Maggie shot Mr Burns double-header on Thursday, the cast of EastEnders readied themselves for Friday’s unusually live broadcast. A television critic on BBC Breakfast News the day before had summed up the enthusiasm for these occasional live shows, reminding viewers that “something will go wrong!” But by all accounts the cast pulled it off, and the episode was both a critical and ratings success.

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Why I’ve been watching The Jeremy Kyle Show

This week my article “Class, Trust and Confessional Media in Austerity Britain” has been published online by the journal Media, Culture and Society (it’ll be out in print later in the year). In the article, I explore the role television plays in cementing what I’m calling “austerity realism” – the way that discussion on alternatives to austerity in the mainstream media has as good as given up, the result of which is that austerity comes to be accepted as the way it has to be. I think that something like The Jeremy Kyle Show feeds into this, performing a sort of outsourced public spectacle of demonizing the poor and other so-called burdens on the state, subjecting them to bodily audit and measurement through confessional technologies such as the lie detector, and encouraging them to transform their lives in ways that reduce the nation’s deficit – and the state’s responsibility.

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Liverpool Film Seminar: The Politics of Slowness and the Traps of Modernity by Prof Lucia Nagib – Monday 23 February, 5.30pm

The Department of Communication and Media is delighted to announce the sixth session of the 5th Liverpool Film Seminar, entitled: The politics of slowness and the traps of modernity by Professor Lucia Nagib (University of Reading). The seminar will take place on Monday 23 February in The Library, School of the Arts, 19 Abercromby Square, the University of Liverpool, 5:30pm. Refreshments will provided.

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This Girl Can

So it’s officially February; the end of January has not only seen an end to the first month of 2015, but also an end to those desperate New Year’s resolutions many women make to finally “get fit” and “lose weight”. As gym memberships are abandoned and Weight Watchers adverts no longer plague every TV ad break, many women breathe a sigh of relief when February finally rolls around. But just when you thought it was all over, the “This Girl Can” campaign hit our screens.

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Liverpool Film Seminar, Monday 9 February – Batman: 75 Years as a Transmedia Text by Will Brooker

The Department is delighted to announce the fifth session of the 5th Liverpool Film Seminar, entitled: Batman: 75 Years as a Transmedia Text by Professor Will Brooker (Kingston University). The seminar will take place on Monday 9 February in The Library, School of the Arts, 19 Abercromby Square, the University of Liverpool, 5:30pm. Refreshments will provided.

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