Useful resources – “Stuff I think” blog

The resource I’ve found is a blog written by Jiyan Naghshineh Wei, titled “Stuff I think”. The website hosts many different posts on a number of topics, with some relevant to our course. Jiyan has a Master’s degree in Media Theory from LSE (London School of Economics) and I consider him almost an expert in this field.

One of his posts, titled ‘Network Society’ particularly grabbed my attention. The post explains Castells’ theory of what we’re studying (the network society), but in a very simple way. Personally, I feel many of the theories we study can be quite complicated, so I found Jiyan’s post very useful. For example, he breaks Castells’ theory down into processes and characteristics that are easy to understand and learn.

As well as this one specific post, the blog covers a range of topics related to our course. Jiyan has set his page out well, and categories that are relevant to us (i.e. ‘globalisation’ or ‘media analysis’) are easy to navigate to by using the sidebar.

Even though the blog is not exactly an academic text or specialist database, and isn’t something that we can actually reference in our essays, I found it very useful to build a base knowledge of the course. It is also very professionally made and I will keep returning throughout the course!

If you want to read other posts, find them here.

 

 

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2 Comments

  1. I didn’t know the author before, looking at his blog I’m glad you brought it up as a source. Wide range of arguments, well explained, concise, simple but detailed. Although, as you mentioned, it won’t be possible to use it for academic purposes, it will definitely help to get to the heart of the question and the point of view of someone with a strong background.

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  2. This blog is a great find! The easy navigation and wealth of media posts make this blog a very interesting find. After just having a quick browse of the site I found relevant posts such as ‘Mediation’ (http://www.newinfluencer.com/mediapedia/mediation/) and ‘A brief history of the internet’ (http://www.newinfluencer.com/mediapedia/a-brief-history-of-the-internet/).
    It’s very useful how Jiyan Naghshineh uses academic sources, and references them, as this can direct us to new and relevant academics.
    It’s a shame that there hasn’t been any posts since 2013, as the site is full of helpful posts that will assist with this module. But nonetheless, great find!

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