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Andy's work focusses on new ways to conceive how media make social reality. He is particularly interested in violence and aggression as forms of political communication. Andy is author of Exploring Media Research (2017), Youth and Media (2013) Investigating Audiences (2007) and Understanding Audiences, (2001). His new book, Digital Influence, explores the histories of phenomena such as representations of gender in film and reality TV, violence in political memes, the mainstreaming of populism, gun-control activism and public criticisms of media education. Andy has also published numerous journal articles and book chapters on media violence, reality television, political celebrity, alcohol marketing, rampage murders, terrorism, sport, military applications of social media and Chinese TV. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research area keywords

  • Media violence, media influence, media theory, political celebrity, media history


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