Welcome to my media theory blog – a useful reference point for students of communications, journalism, sociology, media and cultural studies, as well as academics, teachers, researchers, independent scholars, consultants and lay intellectuals of all persuasions.

In the spirit of Roland Barthes’s classic Mythologies, inspired by an eclectic mix of theory and facts, this blog offers ongoing critiques of media and popular culture (what’s trending!) across a range of international contexts.

My work on media and popular culture has been published in the UK, US, France and India; translated into French, Turkish and Hebrew; and widely reviewed in internationally-renowned academic journals (Sociology, the European Journal of Communication, Popular Music and Society, the British Journal of Music Education, Youth and Policy) as well as magazines and press (Young People Now, Discorder, La Scena Musicale, the Bolton Evening News, the Blackpool Gazette). I’ve presented guest lectures in Montreal, Bangkok, Amsterdam and London among other places.

I’m also a regular media commentator on the social and political significance of the media, popular culture, music, sport and celebrity culture. I provide expert commentary to BBC Radio Leeds, BBC Radio York, Radio Aire and Real Radio, as well as the Yorkshire Post and Yorkshire Evening Post. I have also contributed to an ITV News story on internet fame, a Press Association story on Twitter abuse, BBC News features on emo youth culture and celebrity-themed blue plagues, and several Daily Telegraph articles on celebrity topics.

After an English degree, teaching qualification (PGCE), MA in Communications Studies and brief career in public relations, I went back to university (Salford) in 2000 to do a PhD on ‘Music in Young People’s Everyday Lives’. In 2004 I took up a lecturership in the School of Cultural Studies and Humanities at Leeds Beckett University. I live in Leeds, West Yorkshire, with my wife and two sons.

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Please contact me as follows…

Email: d.laughey [at] leedsbeckett.ac.uk

Follow me on Twitter: http://twitter.com/danlaughey

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Address: Dr Dan Laughey, School of Cultural Studies and Humanities, Broadcasting Place, Leeds Beckett University, Leeds. LS2 9EN. UK.

*Feel free to contact me about anything at all, including: publisher matters; media expert requests (to discuss any topic covered on this site); guest lecture requests; information about my books and articles; student-related queries; lecturer-related queries.*