The Death of Vine and the Volatile Nature of New Media

By Ryan Browne – @Ryan_Browne_

Ryan graduated from the University of Westminster in July 2016, with a first class degree in English Literature. His dissertation focused on the significance of artificial intelligence in literature. He is currently studying for an NCTJ (Journalism), and writes about technology and politics. 


Imagine one day that the video-sharing platform YouTube suddenly ceased to exist, its owner […]

January 17th, 2017|Media, Technology|1 Comment|

“We simply don’t have time”: LSE Sociology undergraduate trip to the British Museum

by Georgia Haigh – @Georgia__Haigh


“I’m sorry, we simply don’t have time, we are pushed for time and we need to make time” – such were the (approximated) words of Professor Judy Wajcman at the start of the SO230 Digital Technology, Speed and Culture trip to the British Museum. The LSE course is concerned with the ways in which technology has […]

Uber’s ‘Partner-Bosses’

by Alex Rosenblat


Uber has long claimed it’s a technology company, not a transportation company, and an intermediary that connects supply (drivers) with demand (passengers). The language Uber uses communicates a strong message of distance between itself and its relationship to drivers: Uber classifies drivers as independent contractors, labels them “driver-partners”, and promotes them as entrepreneurs, although the company faces legal challenges over issues […]

Blogs, Social Media and Building Your Network

by Rabia Nasimi

Author’s note: Following a meeting with BBC presenter Sana Safi, I was inspired to write about the importance of blogging, the scope of social media, and how it can help you build your network. 


There are many reasons why you should blog. Not only does it improve your writing, it builds your confidence; helps you speak more coherently; builds you an […]

Science on Social Media

by Reuben Message, PhD candidate at LSE Sociology


I’m often intrigued and frustrated, in equal measure, by the way people react to scientific research findings in my social networks. While it is not surprising, it is especially remarkable to observe how often people choose to share stories in which findings are reported that seem to confirm their prejudices.

One example that […]

Algorithms: neither makers nor mirrors of reality

MSc Sociology graduand, Mira Buerger, offers a summary of the research she conducted for her dissertation exploring the role algorithms play in alternative credit scoring.


Algorithms: Neither makers nor mirrors – How basically everything can be a sociological topic

Far too often technology and finance are seen as topics of mere numbers and neutrality, free from any social touch. Why should sociology deal with […]

Suspended Between Armageddon and Immortality: a sociology for the 21st century

by Elena Denaro, PhD Student


The first evening of Cumberland Lodge kicked off to a roaring start: an inspirational opening presentation by Craig Calhoun (Director of the LSE) followed by our first panel session on ‘Digital Futures’ with a trio of professors: Lord Anthony Giddens (Former Director of the LSE), and the department’s own Judy Wajcman and Nigel Dodd. Despite […]

The Revolution is being Televised, Blogged, Tweeted, You-Tubed and Stood Up

by Lisa McKenzie, LSE Fellow


A spectre is haunting London and that spectre is the rumble of grass roots civil disobedience, activism and – dare I say –  a people’s anarchism.


Karl Marx originally wrote the Communist Manifesto in 1848 as a pamphlet to be read and used by the masses in their class struggle. The Manifesto is a passionate and […]

Cybernetic Regulation in the Age of Algorithmic Finance

JP Pardo-Guerra reflects on a proposal by Professor Andrei Kirilenko on the Socialising Finance blog.