Love in the digital age

Copyright Jori Bolton

Communicative English class about romance and smartphone app obsession, based on short film 97%

One of my favourite films of the last ten years or so is Spike Jonze’s Her (2013). It is at once science fiction and science present, with many of its ideas about artificial intelligence and its effect on relationships already seeming quite plausible. What I feel is the strength of Her is its uncynical view of love in the digital age. A dystopia it may be, but it is neither judgemental or preachy. Continue reading

Fatherhood

Film, music & image-based EFL/ESL class on theme of fatherhood

There have been some great class ideas around the theme of toxic masculinity and the infamous Gillette advert. I want to steer away from the #MeToo debate for now although this post could certainly tie in with that theme, notably as the “Best a Man Can Be” advert hones in on notions of fatherhood, be they outmoded or even “toxic”. Continue reading