Allie Johns on conference success in Chicago

By Aug.22, 2016

Interview with Media Psychology graduate Allie Johns (@AllieJohns) on working with industry for a dissertation live brief, and presenting at TVX in Chicago.     Hi Allie. Congratulations on graduating with a Distinction! What a huge achievement. Did you think this was possible when you began the course? No, not at all. I completed my […]

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Social Media and Politics: a complex relationship

By Jun.17, 2016

Below my article published on the Converstation concerning the role of Social Media  in political debates and deliberation. Is social media making Britain’s political debate more extreme? Sharon Coen, University of Salford In the fraught atmosphere gripping Britain following the killing of Jo Cox MP, there is deep concern about the tone of political debate […]

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50% of online abuse is authored by women – Evaluation

By Jun.01, 2016

    In the past week, considerable attention has been given to the launch of the #reclaimtheinternet campaign, a cross-party initiative aimed at opening a debate concerning strategies and interventions to address issues connected to online abuse.       The homepage of the initiative states: ‘misogyny, sexism, racism, homophobia, transphobia, intimidation or abuse online […]

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News comments: a blessing or a curse? A MediaPsych Perspective

By Apr.13, 2016

Sharon Coen   In a recent article, the Guardian reports some original research on its own comment section, and raises some important questions concerning how to deal with abusive comments. In line with what argued elsewhere, the study revealed that articles authored by women receive the largest amount of comments which are subsequently blocked by […]

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MediaPsych Presentation: Parasocial Interaction

By Jan.04, 2016

  With great pride I invite you to watch the FANTASTIC work by Vicky Carr, Katie McLaughlin and Rachel Clitheroe (L6 Mediapsych students) who explore parasocial relationships with celebrities <iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”//www.youtube.com/embed/BbMulq4rO44″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>  

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Social media and politics: harnessing the power of ‘we’

By Sep.30, 2015

Jeremy Corbyn is right to embrace social media politics Sharon Coen, University of Salford In his speech to the 2015 Labour conference, Jeremy Corbyn, the party’s new leader, spoke of a new kind of politics. This includes using social media to spread his message, rather than old media. A team led by deputy leader Tom […]

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Collecting and analysing online data using conversation analysis – a brief introduction

By Jun.19, 2015

Written by Jo Meredith There is, quite understandably, a growing interest in the study of online data in media psychology. My research focuses specifically on studying online interaction, using conversation analysis (CA). CA is a qualitative method which is more commonly applied to spoken interaction, although there are a number of researchers who are investigating online […]

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The Psychology of Slow TV: “The Vinyl of Visual Media”

By May.05, 2015

Something is happening. Our world is slowing down. In the face of faster connections, more choice, quicker edits, BIGGER, BRIGHTER, LOUDER… a canal boat glides quietly into view. It signifies the BBC’s foray into the emerging broadcast phenomenon of Slow Television. Slow TV was first brought to my attention by Tim Prevett, documentary film-maker and Slow […]

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The age of celebrity politics

By Apr.27, 2015

In an article published in the latest edition of The Psychologist magazine, I explore the contribution Psychology can give to understanding the phenomenon of celebritisation of politics. http://thepsychologist.bps.org.uk/volume-28/may-2015/age-celebrity-politics  

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The Psychology of Democracy – 22nd May, 2015, 10am – 4.30pm

By Apr.24, 2015

What will happen after the General Election?  Will our votes mean we get the politicians we deserve and how will they make things happen?  How much importance should we place on what we are told before and after the election? These are questions which underpin the way our democracy functions, but how well it works […]

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