Putting Fun in its Place: Workshop at Social Media in Higher Education conference.

I will be at SocMedHE17, in Sheffield, next week, to deliver a workshop. I have previously, with Dr Nicola Rivers, written about our scepticism of ‘fun’ language in HE, but the session next week will be more specific. I will blog about the participants’ response – but you can get a sense, in the outlineContinue reading “Putting Fun in its Place: Workshop at Social Media in Higher Education conference.”

The Denial of Death, Masculinity, and a well-lived life

This post might have ended up on my my Dispirited blog, but there is enough cross-over with recent preoccupations here about grit to persuade me to pop here initially…  Teaching is a funny thing. Sessions on material you have done many times before, and where you are pretty sure what is going to unfold, can knockContinue reading “The Denial of Death, Masculinity, and a well-lived life”

How much a smile cost?

How much a dollar really cost? The question is detrimental, paralyzin’ my thoughts Kendrick Lamar: How Much a Dollar Cost? Walking into the campus this morning, I had a chance encounter with one of my favourite colleagues, and ended up talking about the busy, and quite challenging, day that I had in store. She observedContinue reading “How much a smile cost?”

What is ‘motivation porn’, and why does Higher Education seem addicted to it?

Dr Nicola Rivers and Dr Dave Webster.  In our recent work, looking at discourses of ‘resilience’ and ‘grit’ in Higher Education, we have made only passing reference to a phenomenon that seems to occupy much of the same narrative space, namely motivation porn. The term ‘motivation porn’ refers to a form of narrative that seeks to associateContinue reading “What is ‘motivation porn’, and why does Higher Education seem addicted to it?”