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Friendship and the distance of Skype

Our rhythms of speech are stunted,
like drunk acrobats hurtling through the balmy circus air
Without visual cues we fumble, like an awkward teenager,
groping for some imagined lust, some form of adult.

The telephone is an unlikely medium for us to explore
the depths of our cohesive enterprise,
the cadences of timed and timely thought,
the cycles of palpitating art, artifice.

The worship at this jaggedy outcrop altar of friendship.

The completion of self, these restless
spastic, violent ventures into New Cities,
New Worlds are the First and Second Act,
the electricity in the tuning of the orchestra pit,
the green screen of the film preview.

This life is a precursor to being engulfed by
that invisible inviting sublime sea we broached
whimsically, methodically over those eight years.

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About Author

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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