Frank Furedi

Sociologist, commentator and author of Culture of Fear, Where Have All The Intellectuals Gone?, Paranoid Parenting, Therapy Culture, and On Tolerance: In Defence of Moral Independence.

education and culture

Why is Europe giving Muslim migrants sex-ed lessons?
spiked, 19 January 2016
These creepy leaflets are testament to a much deeper malaise.

Podcast: Information Overload
The American Interest, 22 December 2015
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
Times Higher Education, 17 December 2015
Big data, Google Books and the Ngram database are wonderful aids to today’s intellectual problems.

Information overload or a search for meaning?
The American Interest, 17 December 2015
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’
spiked, 16 December 2015
Frank Furedi talks to Tim Black about the power of books, selfhood and Werther Fever.

Focus fracas
Chronicle of Higher Education, 6 December 2015
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
The Sydney Morning Herald, 2 December 2015

Books are dangerous
AEON, 6 November 2015
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
Daily Mail, 31 October 2015
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
Telegraph, 24 October 2015
The assertion that boys don’t read has acquired the status of an incontrovertible truth, but Frank Furedi is struggling with the evidence.

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