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Faithless’ “Mass Destruction”: Mobility as a musical organizing principle

I reserve the right to post on non-mobile-learning topics from time to time, harkening bark to the origin of this blog many many years ago. From time to time, sometimes I just want to post some music. This is Faithless’ “Mass Destruction”, a track that is a bit dated already (while still topical, mentions of Haliburton and Enron are losing some of their lyrical oomph), but has a nice uppity beat (and a goofy guitar bit in the middle) that is great for walking around the city (Seoul) in a mobile headphone cocoon. It is also has a motion (and resistance) based narrative, which has an appeal for specific contexts (walking around the city less like a flaneur and more like a defiant type). 

Hmm, maybe a playlist for mobility? Not just a running or exercise playlist, but one that stresses motion as its core organizing principle. OK, I lied; it is a bit about mobile learning. 

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My name is Michael Sean Gallagher. I am a Lecturer in Digital Education at the Centre for Research in Digital Education at the University of Edinburgh. I am Co-Founder and Director of Panoply Digital, a consultancy dedicated to ICT and mobile for development (M4D); we have worked with USAID, GSMA, UN Habitat, Cambridge University and more on education and development projects. I was a researcher on the Near Futures Teaching project, a project that explores how teaching at The University of Edinburgh unfold over the coming decades, as technology, social trends, patterns of mobility, new methods and new media continue to shift what it means to be at university. Previously, I was the Research Associate on the NERC, ESRC, and AHRC Global Challenges Research Fund sponsored GCRF Research for Emergency Aftershock Forecasting (REAR) project. I was an Assistant Professor at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (한국외국어대학교) in Seoul, Korea. I have also completed a doctorate at University College London (formerly the independent Institute of Education, University of London) on mobile learning in the humanities in Korea.

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