• Frank Furedi
  • Frank Furedi
  • Sociologist, commentator and author
Articles: education and culture

Boys have internalised the stereotype that they’re not supposed to like books or learning

The prevailing cultural script is that boys do not perform as well as girls in exams. As a result, the stereotype has become self-perpetuating.

The ages of distraction

Busy, distracted, inattentive? Everybody has been since at least 1710 and here are the philosophers to prove it.

When kids are getting arrested, our hypersensitivity about ‘threatening’ emojis is absurd

In praise of cultural appropriation

The mixing and meshing of different cultures is something to celebrate.

Why is Europe giving Muslim migrants sex-ed lessons?

These creepy leaflets are testament to a much deeper malaise.

Podcast: Information Overload

Frank joins Richard Aldous to discuss distractions in today’s world. He makes the case that (what we consider to be recent) fears of information overload have a long history and are not, in fact, anything new. He also warns of the dangers of relying too heavily on data and analytics, and not enough on the pursuit of ideas.

Don’t dismiss digital media – they have as much value as paper

Big data, Google Books and the Ngram database are wonderful aids to today’s intellectual problems.

Information overload or a search for meaning?

Our society is supposedly drowning in a flood of information brought on by the frenzied pace of technological change. A tour through history, however, shows us that these concerns are nothing new.

‘We must cultivate a love of reading’

Frank Furedi talks to Tim Black about the power of books, selfhood and Werther Fever.

Focus fracas

When I told my American colleagues at a sociology conference this summer that I expect my students to read Émile Durkheim’s 'Suicide', they reacted with incredulity.

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