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

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.

The power of reading: why picking up a book can say so much about you

Books are dangerous

Contagion, poison and trigger. The idea that books are dangerous has a long history, and holds a kernel of truth.

The death of free speech

As Germaine Greer is branded 'transphobic' by student feminists, a top academic attacks the self-righteous zealots censoring history and literature and crushing debate in our universities.

Let’s scotch the myth that boys don’t read

The assertion that boys don’t read has acquired the status of an incontrovertible truth, but Frank Furedi is struggling with the evidence.

The internet is not killing reading

Digital technology is actually fuelling a love of literature.

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