Miller quits as culture secretary in blow to PM

Miller quits as culture secretary in blow to PM

Decision to step down amid growing pressure from Tory MPs deals severe blow to personal authority of the prime minister

Good to see that nearly 200,000 people signed the change.org petition (to date). Not all of them are self-serving middle class hypocrites, I’m sure . Class is after all a linguistic category that crudely over generalizes these kinds of viral campaigns as well as the institutions and power relations that determine inclusion and exclusion.

Class is an adequate term when trying to describe the “press” I suppose, but not the multitude inspired by (pissed off with, raging against, or just ganging up on) a political “class” – with what they think to be an unlimited access to power – who also consider themselves beyond the reach of what they assume to be a “class” of people excluded from power. Anyhow, whatever the influence of these campaigns. F**k them! “We” won!

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About Virality

Tony D. Sampson is Reader in Digital Culture and Communications at the University of East London. He has a PhD in social-cultural-digital contagion theory from the Sociology Department at the University of Essex. He is a former art student who re-entered higher education in the UK as a mature student in the mid-1990s after a long stint as a gigging musician. His career in education has moved through various disciplines and departments, including a maths and computing faculty, sociology department and school of digital media and design His publications include The Spam Book, coedited with Jussi Parikka (Hampton Press, 2009), Virality: Contagion Theory in the Age of Networks (University of Minnesota Press, 2012), The Assemblage Brain: Sense Making in Neuroculture (University of Minnesota Press, 2016), Affect and Social Media (Rowman and Littlefield, July 2018) and The Sleepwalker's Guide to Social Media (due 2020 with Polity Press). Tony is the organizer and host of the Affect and Social Media conferences in the UK (see archive on this blog). As a co-founder and co-director of the public engagement initiatives, Club Critical Theory (CCT) and the Cultural Engine Research Group (CERG), Tony has been project lead on a number of funded projects that bring impactful critical theories into the community and local political sphere to approach. These activities have included large conferences, symposia and informal lectures/workshops in pubs and community centres, co-organized with community groups and local authorities. Tony occasionally blogs at: https://viralcontagion.wordpress.com/ Full academic profile: https://www.uel.ac.uk/Staff/s/tony-sampson
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