Radio essay on online dating

July 14, 2011

Friends and colleagues in SSF,

Please excuse me co-opting the blog for a moment – a little vanity, but I think some people may be interested. Last night BBC Radio 3 broadcast a short essay by me on online dating – it’s popular in intent, of course, but you will see echoes of Callon, performativity, moral consequences of economization and the other things we talk about.

If anyone is interested, you should be able to listen again on http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b012fr6l/Night_Waves_Olympics_Legacy_Manchester_Festival_Vauxhall_Pleasure_Gardens_The_Night_Watch_Philip_Roscoe/
for the next few days. My bit starts at 31 minutes.

As to how it came to be on the radio at all, here’s the backstory: http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2011/jun/28/bbc-new-generation-thinkers-contest
or
http://www.bbc.co.uk/pressoffice/pressreleases/stories/2011/06_june/28/generation.shtml (no X Factor headline!)

The Guardian put the photo on the front page, which was nice!

Best to all from CMS Naples (where some of you are anyway!)

Philip

 

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