Wow... I've had some great experiences on the road while promoting the new book, but this was really special. Gave a talk (last of three) at Leeds University yesterday, and the room was absolutely packed (see picture that I took five minutes before we started... it was still 'quiet' then): people sitting on the floor around me, every seat filled. It was great to be able to give a presentation that way - I really created a atmosphere of intimacy (well, that is how I felt, anyways).
Questions afterwards - including by Leeds professor and stellar writer/researcher on cultural industries David Hesmondhalgh, colleague Cristina Archetti, and research director Stephen Coleman - were excellent. Some of the issues they (and others) raised:
Great stuff, a lot to think about. Thanks to the wonderful folks at Leeds (especially its Institution of Communications Studies and Chris Paterson, who was kind enough to invite me over)!