• Interactivity 2: New media, politics and society

      Charles, Alec; University of Chester (Peter Lang, 2014-07-31)
      Drawing upon developments in social networking, crowdsourcing, clicktivism, digital games and reality TV, this study asks whether the technological innovations which sponsored such absurdities might ever promote progressive modes of social interaction and political participation. Perhaps somewhat absurdly, it suggests they one day might.
    • Out of Time: The Deaths and Resurrections of Doctor Who

      Charles, Alec; University of Chester (Peter Lang, 2015-08-27)
      Doctor Who is one of television's most enduring and ubiquitously popular series. This study contends that the success of the show lies in its ability, over more than half a century, to develop its core concepts and perspectives: alienation, scientific rationalism and moral idealism. The most extraordinary aspect of this eccentric series rests in its capacity to regenerate its central character and, with him, the generic, dramatic and emotional parameters of the programme. Out of Time explores the ways in which the series' immortal alien addresses the nature of human mortality in his ambiguous relationships with time and death. It asks how the status of this protagonist - that lonely god, uncanny trickster, cyber-sceptic and techno-nerd - might call into question the beguiling fantasies of immortality, apotheosis and utopia which his nemeses tend to pursue. Finally, it investigates how this paragon of transgenerational television reflects the ways in which contemporary culture addresses the traumas of change, loss and death.
    • The abuse of power: Savile, Leveson and the Internet

      Charles, Alec; University of Chester (Peter Lang, 2014-05-05)
      This book chapter discusses press responses to the Jimmy Savile scandal, and the phone hacking scandal and the Leveson inquiry.
    • The paper menagerie: Making sense of soft news

      Charles, Alec; University of Chester (Peter Lang, 2014-05-05)
      This book chapter uses one myth - the modern legend of an urban crocodile - to explore one contemporary aspect of what Bird & Dardenne ("Myth, chronicle, and story: Exploring the narrative qualities of news" in Media, myths, and narratives ed. J Carey, 1988: 69) called the 'enduring symbolic system' of journalistic discourse.