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Digitization – преобразование в цифровую форму (чего угодно — книг, изображений и т.д.)
Surveillance – надзор, наблюдение, контроль
Method – метод, способ, приём
Theory – теория
Documentation – документирование, подтверждение документами
Interpretation – интерпретация, истолкование, трактовка
Scholar – ученый
Explanation – пояснение, разъяснение (факт, довод)

To transform – изменяться, преображаться
To mash – раздавливать, расплющивать
To explore – исследовать, рассматривать, изучать
To gather – накапливать, собирать
To increase – увеличивать, усиливать
To devise – разрабатывать, продумывать (планы, идеи)
To establish – устанавливать (какой-л. факт)
To reaffirm – вновь подтверждать
To consider – взвешивать, обдумывать, продумывать
To search – изучать (документы, литературу с целью получения какой-л. информации)

Distinctive – значимый, существенный
Debatable – дискуссионный, являющийся предметом спора, сомнительный

1. To establish – to discover, prove, or decide that something is true.
2. Method – a way of doing something, especially a planned or established way.
3. To search – to carefully examine something or someone for something that is hidden.
4. Interpretation – an explanation of the meaning or importance of something.
5. To gather – to give a part of something to someone else.
6. Auster suddenly had visions of a government surveillance van parked outside his office, a convoy of black cars filled with agents ready to tear his office apart.
7. One of the major elements of Disney's unique genius was his ability to explore something from a number of different perceptual positions.
8. They proceeded on the theory that the supplies would arrive on time.
9. I would like to take this opportunity to reaffirm once again Mozambique's commitment to conclude by 2003 the destruction of all mine stockpiles.
10. He was a good scholar who had gained distinction in philosophy in the university.

Centre for Media and Culture Research

I think that one of the things that is really distinctive about the research of the Centre for Media and Culture Research is the fact that our research is trans-disciplinary. So it is working across a number of different disciplines. Media studies is interdisciplinary anyway but we also draw on the disciplines of geography, sociology, politics, as well as disciplines such as human/computer interfaces and computer science as well as psychology. The other thing that makes our particular research at the Centre for Media and Culture research different I think is the fact that the work we do is very much trans-medial. By that I mean that we are looking at the ways that media changes as a result of digitization. The fact that something is digital means that it can be rapidly transformed; it can be reassembled; it can be mashed together; it can be changed across different media. It can go from being in print to broadcast to music in a matter of seconds. We use a range of research methods so we use the traditional, the conventional research methods such as qualitative interviews, quantitative interviews, surveys diaries. Some of our researchers also use ethnographic work a more indepth work over a longitudinal period of time, but in addition to that we are also interested in using practice-based methodologies. So, we might use film as a way of exploring the relationships with a particular community; we might use camera phone photography, we might use exhibitions . In addition to that we are also interested in the ways that particularly new media technologies can be a fantastic tool in terms of methodologies for gathering data about people. Obviously impact now is incredibly important any research that is done within universities. It has to have some kind of purchase beyond academia, on the economy, on society, on policy and in our case particularly on the creative and cultural industries. The research that we been doing around social and mobile technologies is already beginning to have some connections with those spheres. So last year for example we were invited to the House of Commons to talk about some of the work that we were doing in relation to social networking and whether that might be useful in terms of thinking about the development of terrorism and in terms of surveillance for example. Some of our work have also been picked up by what was called a strategic dialogue initiative with Israel. So one of our members was invited to Israel last year to talk again about digital memory and the significance of that and how memories of conflicts then become transnational and that can be both good in terms of trying to build peace or build democracies but it can also be problematic because it means that the cultural memories of events are circulating now through digital media more rapidly. And that can result in difficulties in terms of national peace-building within a certain set of boundaries. I think it is because of the research that we do that we are able to provide world-class supervision for the research students that do come to us and we got a number of students at the moment that we are supervising including our first fully funded research scholar who is doing work on feminist magazines both online and offline. We also got research students doing work on civil society, poetry and Albania and another research student who is doing work on the Nigerian community in London and the way they use Nollywood films to regain an experience of "home". And if people are interested in doing a research project with us as a PhD student, we got a number of areas really that we can supervise which relate to our core areas of expertise of cultural memory, new media technologies and diasporic cultures.

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Be motivated: The mouse trap

A mouse looked through the crack in the wall to see the farmer and his wife open a package. "What food might this contain?" the mouse wondered. He was devastated to discover it was a mousetrap.
Retreating to the farmyard, the mouse proclaimed the warning: "There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!"
The chicken clucked and scratched, raised her head and said "Mr.Mouse, I can tell this is a grave concern to you, but it is of no consequence to me. I cannot be bothered by it."
The mouse turned to the pig and told him "There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!" The pig sympathized, but said "I am so very sorry, Mr.Mouse, but there is nothing I can do about it but pray. Be assured you are in my prayers."
The mouse turned to the cow and said "There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!" The cow said "Wow, Mr. Mouse. I'm sorry for you, but it's no skin off my nose."
So, the mouse returned to the house, head down and dejected, to face the farmer's mousetrap alone.
That very night a sound was heard throughout the house – like the sound of a mousetrap catching its prey. The farmer's wife rushed to see what was caught. In the darkness, she did not see it was a venomous snake whose tail the trap had caught. The snake bit the farmer's wife. The farmer rushed her to the hospital and she returned home with a fever.
Everyone knows you treat a fever with fresh chicken soup, so the farmer took his hatchet to the farmyard for the soup's main ingredient. But his wife's sickness continued, so friends and neighbors came to sit with her around the clock. To feed them, the farmer butchered the pig. The farmer's wife did not get well; she died. So many people came for her funeral, the farmer had the cow slaughtered to provide enough meat for all of them.
The mouse looked upon it all from his crack in the wall with great sadness. So, the next time you hear someone is facing a problem and think it doesn't concern you, remember: when one of us is threatened, we are all at risk. We are all involved in this journey called life. We must keep an eye out for one another and make an extra effort to encourage one another. Each of us is a vital thread in another person's tapestry.

List of questions for discussion

1. What experiences do you have of paying rent?
2. Would you rather rent an apartment or a house?
3. Would you rather rent somewhere just for yourself or with friends?
4. What would you worry about if you rented your house or apartment to someone?
5. Would you feel like it’s your real home if you rented?
6. If you rented your property, would you keep visiting it to keep an eye on it?
7. What’s the most you would pay in rent?
8. How should rent be divided between four people in a 3-bedroom house, when 2 people share one bedroom?
9. What is a good landlord and a bad landlord?
10. Would you spend money on wallpaper, paint, the garden, etc. if you lived in rented accommodation?
11. How important are rent agreements?
12. How do you find rented accommodation in your town?
13. Would you rent out a room in your house to a lodger?
14. What are the advantages and disadvantages of renting rather than buying?
15. How often should a landlord put the rent up?

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