Had a great time today! A little muddy, but was a good laugh 🙂
Don’t forget, the MCC Treasure Hunt is tomorrow! Its completely free and there is a massive hamper of stuff for the winners! The treasure hunt starts at 12pm, and the first team to find all the clues will win… so don’t be late!!
So grab your coats and wellies and come along tomorrow, meeting at the entrance to Keele Woodland trail. Completely free to all MCC and ISC Media students.
Join us for the first ever MCC Movie Night! Where we will be showing the legendary Scott Pilgrim Vs The World.
This is a free and ticketed event exclusively for Keele MCC and ISC students. Get your free ticket today!
Directed by Edgar Wright (Baby Driver, Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead) and with the acting talents of Michael Cera (Superbad, Juno) this is an epic tale of love, loss, adventure and of course, battle of the bands!! With many faces you’ll recognise and some amazing editing and sound design, this film is a real treat.
On the night, doors open at 6pm and doors close at 6:15pm – late arrivals will not be allowed in!! (This is to make it less disruptive for the people who are watching the film).
There are only a limited number of tickets – once they’re gone, they’re gone! Click here to get your ticket!
Its been a while since my last blog, so I thought I’d kick off the new academic year with a subject that’s close to my heart… FOOD!
Jamie Oliver is back with a new programme on Channel 4: Jamie’s Quick and Easy Food. The show, hosted by the man himself, does exactly what it says on the tin; offering fast, mouthwatering recipes that anyone can prepare.
The instructions for each dish are explained clearly and simply. The important preparations are repeated often, leaving the recipes easy to remember. The real joy to behold, as any media enthusiast will agree, is the camera work. Channel 4 have done an amazing job in the production of this show. All of the shots are crisp, snappy and perfectly focused.
The only frustration that I have found whilst watching each episode is the choice of ingredients. Granted, most of the ingredients are simple enough – pasta, cheese, fresh herbs – but Jamie will then throw out something really obscure. He often uses ingredients which are, what I would call posh, and a little hard to come buy.
Jamie explains that these key ingredients can be simply picked up in your local farm shop or organic produce store – well Jamie, that’s great, but you’ve clearly never been to Stoke, duck!
All in all, the programme is a great watch, even if – some may find – a little unrealistic to accurately reproduce the dishes shown. I’ll certainly be tuning in again next Monday at 8pm on Channel 4.
On the 8th June MCC hosted an international symposium on the dynamics of activism on social media. The organisers Dr Elizabeth Poole and Dr Eva Giraud (MCC) and Dr Ed de Quincey (Computer Science) arranged the event to present some of their findings from the British Academy funded project, ‘Who speaks for Muslims? Political frictions and the politics of appropriation in social media’.
We began the day by examining some of the negative tweeting of right wing groups both in the US and the Netherlands. Speakers came from the Utrecht Data School to demonstrate the tweeting of populist politician Geert Wilders (Gerwin van Schie and Iris Muis) and discuss the bias in Government systems that categorise and discriminate against ethnic minorities (Gerwin van Schie with Nicolas Lopez Coombs). Then Munira Cheema, from the University of Sussex, explored the struggles around constructions of national identity on social media between different groups in Pakistan. In the afternoon, the mood became more hopeful as we heard how social media can be used to give voice to minorities through blogging in Finland in ‘Migrant Tales’ (Kaarina Nikunen, University of Tampere) and how Twitter has been a vehicle for unity following the death of MP Jo Cox (Beth Johnson, University of Leeds).
We also welcomed two keynote speakers, Dr Pollyanna Ruiz (University of Sussex) who delivered a fascinating talk on the role of masks in online activism and Dr Dima Saber (Birmingham City University) who finished off the day nicely with her critical analysis of the theory and methodologies used to analyse social media, with reference to her own work with Arab activists.
It was a fascinating and hopeful day with fantastic speakers and stimulating discussion. Thanks to all who came!
A few snaps from this year’s MCC Final Year Show. Congratulations to all our Final Year students for their amazing work!