The wisdom of technology

Wisdom 2.0 has grown very fast in only four years. From its first panel discussion in May 2010, between Google VP Bradley Horowitz and zen teacher Joan Halifax, the conference has stayed focused on its signature blend of technology and spirituality. In February 2013 Wisdom 2.0 filled the Concourse Exhibition Centre in San Francisco withContinue reading “The wisdom of technology”

Big Brother, big data and the creator culture

News of secret courts being introduced in the world’s oldest democracy should scare any rational human. The right to a public trial has survived feudalism, Henry VIII and the industrial revolution, but couldn’t stand up to the forces of global capitalism. Secret courts could be an idea from Alan Moore’s polemic on Thatcher’s Britain, VContinue reading “Big Brother, big data and the creator culture”

Could you go one week without the internet?

A guest post in a series form students on the BA Creative and Professional Writing at Nottingham University. A friend texts me an invite for coffee, but spends the next two hours continuously checking her phone. She isn’t receiving calls or emails from work – she’s refreshing her Facebook live feed. I ask her whyContinue reading “Could you go one week without the internet?”

Not knitting but blogging

Are older generation writers missing out on the power of social media to further their work? GUEST POST : Carolyn Doudge is a late-comer to fiction writing. She is currently studying for a degree in Creative and Professional Writing at Nottingham University. You would think that upwards of half a life-time hanging out on theContinue reading “Not knitting but blogging”

Social media users – beware, the psychiatrist is watching you

Is Internet Use Disorder a 21st century mental illness? GUEST POST : Helen Durham is a part-time undergraduate of the University of Nottingham’s BA in Creative and Professional Writing, trying to learn Mindfulness to alleviate the stress of assignment deadlines piling up http://peaceinafranticworld.wordpress.com/ The fifth edition of The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental DisordersContinue reading “Social media users – beware, the psychiatrist is watching you”

How the ‘Poetry Engine’ gives museum visits a whole new meaning

GUEST POST : Elaine is a Doctoral student in Education and also nearing the end of her BA in Creative and Professional Writing at the University of Nottingham. She runs Strange Alliances, a blog exploring different ways of creating narratives through different forms of media and can be found on Twitter @EMAldred. Next time youContinue reading “How the ‘Poetry Engine’ gives museum visits a whole new meaning”

It is a truth universally acknowledged that every writer wants to be famous

In this ever-increasing self-publishing explosion, how can you get yourself noticed? GUEST POST : Angela Foxwood is a budding author, singer, poet, part time student at University of Nottingham and mum of one. It is a truth universally acknowledged that every writer wants the world to know how brilliant they are. This used to involveContinue reading “It is a truth universally acknowledged that every writer wants to be famous”

Can’t print and digital media all just get along?

The debate over ebooks and their printed ancestors rages on. I see no reason for them to be at war with each other. GUEST POST : Emily Cooper (rusticwriter) is a freelance writer, typesetter and editor. She is a soon-to-be-graduate of ‘Creative and Professional Writing’ at Nottingham University and enjoys capturing the strangely beautiful andContinue reading “Can’t print and digital media all just get along?”

Are you wasting your time on social media?

The onslaught of online information is endless. Is the time thirsty sponge of social media just wasting your time? GUEST POST : Sadie Greening is an aspiring crime author, creative writing student and mother – follow her on Twitter @octaviagrey If it is then you are not alone. I’m new to the social media sideContinue reading “Are you wasting your time on social media?”