Sociology on TV – The 1970s

The first in this four part series took a relatively in-depth look at the very early years of the 1970s, examining the cultural shifts taking place in the context of Britain’s adaptation to a globalising economy. I don’t teach it, but I imagine the show will be extremely useful for the SCLY1 culture and identity […]

Some Thoughts on Renata Salecl’s The Paradox of Choice….

In this RSA Animate, Professor Renata Salecl explores the paralysing anxiety and dissatisfaction surrounding limitless choice Summary Especially since the collapse of Communism, more people have tended to associate increasing freedom of choice with positive social change, however, psychologists have found that too much choice has negative consequences It can lead to feelings of anxiety […]

Andrew McAfee – The Future of Jobs (summary)

In this TED video, Andrew McAfee makes some predictions about the future of jobs.   His overarching prediction is that very soon, technological advancements will result in fewer people doing jobs in the following sectors. • Driving • Customer server reps and trouble shooters • People working in warehouses. He does point out that people […]

Good Sociology Videos

My top four video ‘hub sites’ – These sites are what I believe to be the best for finding up-to-date information about contemporary sociological video resources. 1 – Top Documentary Films An excellent site for documentaries relevant to Sociology as well as just for general interest too. The site features mainly American and British documentaries, but […]

Three Myths of The Young Apprentice

The Young Apprentice is one of the very few programmes I make a point of watching. What’s odd is that I enjoy it even though it spreads three messages that I have a real problem with – Firslty, it gives the impression that there is opportunity out there if ‘you only work hard enough’, when in […]

Top Four (youtube) Videos for teaching Post-Modernism

I’ve arranged these videos in the order of Easy More difficult More Dude More obtuse. If that order doesn’t make any sense, get with the postmodern programme… Video 1 – Easy – Clearly designed for A level students, with a very very nice example of ‘cultural hybridity’ at the end, courtesy of X-Factor     […]

The London Marathon – Little more than a vessel for Corporate advertising

A couple of my friends recently ran the London Marathon dressed as a Panto Horse – so I watched it to catch a glimpse of them – which I finally did, but I had to wait until right at the end of the BBC2 highlights show. As a result of keeping my eye on the […]

Why Masterchef might make you miserable

Man I smacked down my dinner tonight – Sometimes there’s just nothing like a good old plate of baked beans and eggs on toast – In fact a couple of times a week  it’s the perfect evening meal (given that I generally eat my fruit and crudities at work) – Nutritious (being a veggie I […]