In a bid to manage my time/find and remember things I need better, I’m going to start doing a weekly roundup of links I’ve found interesting, divided into general links and links related to the biggest project I’m currently working on (currently The Novel). I know it’s a bit of a 1999 thing to do but it works better for me than favouriting/bookmarking things in a thousand different places…
FOR “THE NOVEL”:
- Radio 4s News Review Of The Year 2011 This review of the Year of Relentless Brainfuckery was originally shown on Christmas Night. If anyone actually listened to it then, I’d be amazed they didn’t end up in the bath with razors – it’s not jolly. The Arab Spring, the summer riots, political scandals, natural disasters… Even the supposed sweetener, a look back at the Royal Wedding, made me keel over from cynicism (for reasons I won’t go into here entirely unrelated to William and Kate, I should say…)
- BBC News: 2011: The Year When A Lot Happened Sums it up. I mean, I prefer Year of Relentless Brainfuckery but I don’t think that’d pass the subs…
- The Guardian: 2011: The Year In Review and Zoe Williams’ piece 2011: The Year of News Overload
- Charlie Brooker vs Colonel Gadaffi OK, not really to do with the book but all the 2011 reviews of the year reminded me of it. This was at a time when his writing had become lazy and his TV work was often better.
- The Institute For Government: The Coalition Two Years On and Mid-Term Review I’ll read these properly when my brain hurts less and I’m not snotting and coughing at intervals. Tis the season…
- Two and a Half-Year Review Of The Coalition Featuring a Bucks MP best described as a walking turd.
INTERESTING IN GENERAL:
- Edward Ball – Love Is Blue (Blue Is The Colour) A song no-one remembers from 1996 about a relationship hitting the skids, released on Creation Records. I used to hear it on the radio when getting ready for school. Nothing to do with the Shadow Chancellor…
- Does The Arab Spring Need A Summer Of Love? Q&A from a lecture series at my alma mater, Durham University, with Dr Shereen El Feki, author of Sex and the Citadel, about sex and sexuality in the Arab world, which has been on my to-buy pile for ages.
- Networking Tips From A Hack Who’s Been There I have a long-standing complex around anyone with a head for Maths/Business/Sciences because I’m not thusly inclined and spent a good deal of my life not knowing why. I’m currently trying to undo this, as I need those people in my life very much.
- We’re All Using Language Differently Now Because Internet Culture Interesting look at how the internet and social media shape use of language and how lots of speech patterns among under-35s derive from American internet memes and webcomics.
- “Come One, Come All” – Feminist and Social Justice Blogging as Performance and Bloodshed Great, thought-provoking essay about online social justice movements, ‘callout culture’ and some of the problems around it.