“We are shown how to fashion masks of ennui and jaded irony at a young age where the face is fictive enough to assume the shape of whatever it wears. And then it’s stuck there, the weary cynicism that saves us from gooey sentiment and unsophisticated naïveté. Sentiment equals naïveté on this continent (at least since the Reconfiguration).”

Simon Bowie is a culture writer, film critic, open-source systems developer, critical librarianship advocate, and podcaster.

I write regularly on the subjects of cinema, video games, digital culture, and librarianship. My film reviews and other writing have appeared in TAKE ONE, The Guardian, specialist library publications, and various other publications.

With my partner, I am the co-host of the popular comedy podcast, You Are Being Unreasonable, in which we examine the strange culture of Mumsnet’s Am I Being Unreasonable forum.

I speak regularly at conferences and academic events about critical librarianship and open-licensing in education. My speaking on digital privacy and encryption in librarianship has helped inform the practice of several library services and the Carnegie UK Trust.

I am an editor for the Journal of Radical Librarianship, an open access journal publishing high quality, rigorously reviewed and innovative scholarly work in the field of radical and critical librarianship. I am also the server administrator for the journal’s Open Journal Systems site.

I have a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from The University of Manchester, a Master’s degree in Library and Information Management from Manchester Metropolitan University, and a Master’s degree in Cultural and Critical Studies at Birkbeck, University of London.

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Simon Bowie is a culture writer, film critic, and UK Higher Education worker. He writes and speaks on the subjects of contemporary cinema, Surrealist cinema, digital culture, video games, ethical practice in librarianship, cryptography and encryption, and open access in academic publishing. He works on implementations and support of open licensing models in higher education libraries and advocates for the use of open-source software in librarianship. He recently completed a MA in Cultural and Critical Studies at Birkbeck, University of London.


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