Marcus J Gilroy-Ware

Writer, speaker, researcher, maker;
concerned human being.

I'm interested in the politics of human cognition. Attention, distraction, communication, engagement and emotional investment all have significant political consequence. I research the causes and effects of these behaviours.

I wear a number of different hats. Some people consider me...

a writer

Author of Filling the Void: Emotion, Capitalism & Social Media, out in April 2017 from Repeater Books.

Also working on a textbook for Sage Publications on digital communications, in collaboration with a colleague at Durham University Business School.

a lecturer & speaker

I am an associate lecturer at the School of Film and Journalism, University of the West of England where I teach a digital media curriculum or my own design and deliver media law seminars.

I was also a Visiting Lecturer in Online Journalism at City University London from 2008-2016, where I taught online journalism at the Graduate School of Journalism since 2008 and also teach media law to students on the Master of Arts in International Journalism. I was convenor of Online Journalism 2011-2014.

I have recently spoken/taught at the Media Development Centre, Birzeit University (Ramallah, Palestine), The Baitul Futuh Mosque as a guest of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association (London, UK), Société Romande de Relations Publiques (Lausanne, Switzerland; given in French), Centre for the Humanities, Utrecht University (Netherlands), London Design Festival (UK), School of Information and Library Sciences - Pratt Institute (New York, USA), Nottingham Trent University (UK) and Centre for Creative and Social Technology (CAST), Goldsmiths, University of London.

I am qualified to teach media law, online journalism, web video, critical theory of media and communications, data journalism, web development (client and server) and related areas.

a digital strategist, coder and web developer

Head of digital strategy for The Sociological Review Foundation.

Founder and director of VSC Creative, my digital communications consulting business.

Created Smartest - a fully featured content-management system for design-critical projects - from the ground up, as well as Quince 2 - a rapid development architecture on which it is built. Smartest was released open source in 2009 under the GNU Public License and is used all over the world. It is currently pending a re-release in 2017.

Original co-founder and designer of Not on the Wires, although the project has now concluded.

a lawyer

Well, not yet. I hold an LL.M. (Master of Laws) from the School of Law, Birkbeck, University of London.

I am interested in where the legal meets the digital - everything from criminal law to defamation law to intellectual property and notions of ownership.

Excerpt of a video filmed in March 2015 for the Sage Video series on Communication and Media Studies.

Law, like technology, is a category of tools, and best understood as a reflection of its creators, rather than simply in terms of what it is designed to achieve.

a linguist

Once upon a time, at least. Received a BA in Linguistics from School of Cognitive Science, Hampshire College in 2005 - one of the only undergraduate interdisciplinary cognitive science schools in the world. My senior thesis was on the verbal aspect of future progressivity (e.g. "I will be arriving...") in Brazilian Portuguese.

I speak Brazilian Portuguese (fluent), French (pretty good), Spanish, and basic Italian (good enough to find the nearest beach). I am also taking German classes.

a musician

I was named after a certain prominent electric bass player hailing from Queens, NY.

I have been a bass guitar player since childhood. jazz, funk, avant-garde. I play Suhr, Fender, Roscoe and Stambaugh instruments, my primary being the Suhr.

I studied contemporary improvised music with Yusef Lateef and Mark Dresser and consider the instrument as a lower-pitched member of the guitar family, although I do not normally use six strings.

“Marcus Gilroy-Ware is a virtuoso electric bass player” --Mark Dresser, 2002

other things too

Member, editorial board, The Sociological Review.

Resident at the Pervasive Media Studio at Watershed in Bristol, UK.

Member and communications officer for the Labour Party in the ward of Stroud Green, London.

I am also a coordinator and contact point for the estate of my late grandmother, Dr. Beryl Gilroy, who was a novelist and well-known educator.