I am a political scientist interested in how information, communication, and ideology distort and pacify political life. I am also interested in radical theory and philosophy. I am Lecturer (Assistant Professor) at the University of Southampton, where I teach on research methods and the politics of media.
Is it possible to generate massive, system-level transformations of political and economic insitutions as currently atomized individuals in dying democracies? I write a lot about problems with activism and ideology, from a social-scientific perspective but also from personal experience. I avoid activism but I am interested in relationships.
I also like to concoct autonomous creative projects of highly variable quality. For a few years I worked under the pseudonym Barclay Shields. I maintain a little irregular newsletter called The Art and Science of Overthrowing All Currently Existing Institutions. I also run a podcast called Other Life.
Are 'Social Justice Warriors' a real ideological faction of the Left, with a unique moral psychology? The first in a multi-part series using 'big data' to understand obscure ideological subcultures. Read More ›