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.