Hi, my name is Majid and I am a blogger/twitterer in the national media. I live in Birmingham with my wife and kids. In the past twelve months I have sent tweets to, and received tweets from, a large number of media employees, including Miranda Sawyer, Rachel Roberts (@scouserachel), Grace Dent, Greg Stekelman (@themanwhofell), Giles Coren, Dorian Lynskey, Jonathan Haynes, Soul_of_twit, Karen Strunks, Catherine Bennett, Lauren Laverne, George Monbiot, Jenny Diski, Nicola Roberts from Girls Aloud and Neil Mann from the WSJ (@fieldproducer). I regularly email the media and have had email conversations with Jemima Kiss, Simon Jenkins, Jenny McCartney, Guardian Film, and Deborah Orr. I have also interacted with a number of magazines, including Flux Magazine, Yareah magazine, Moseley B13 magazine, Brum Radio, Arshya Tech News from India. I was given a press pass to the Guardian’s Open Weekend in March 2012, and was awarded a press pass to the Now We Are Weekender music festival in April 2012 as well.
I have been published before (I had an academic paper published in Computer Sceince in 2002) but I was enormously pleased to have my name published in the Guardian newspaper for the first time in early September, with a freelance piece published by Guardian Film in November as well.
I also run a highbrow blog on theory and semantics called majidsalim.wordpress.com. I also tweet in Birmingham, where I am pretty widely heard of around the city by local poets, DJs, social media gurus, arts organisations and hyperlocal bloggers. I have attended an arts festival in Birmingham, volunteered for a European experimental theatre festival in this country, and regularly attend culturally important plays, concerts and events in Birmingham.
I have had a very interesting time in my 35 years. In my early 20’s when I was doing my Computer Science MSc I was debating politics on USENET with people around the world. I have travelled across New England in a car, and have written six books. I went to King Edwards Camp Hill Boys in Kings Heath. In 2007 I wrote a play, the Voyage of the Demeter, and was in talks to produce it in Birmingham in Hall Green Little Theatre. In early 2008 I wrote the People’s Media Manifesto, a manifesto for an anti-capitalist, anti-organisation, distributed media brand, which was given media coverage by the Disinfo collective in the USA. In March 2008 I distributed The Rise of Social Media, a book about the social web, for free on the web (available from my blog). Throughout 2008 and 2009 I was in talks with Channel 4 Radio to have some of my radio plays featured on their network, talks which ended when the 4Radio concept was cancelled by Channel 4. I have also been in talks in 2012 with Channel 4 and the BBC to appear on television. In 2009 I also wrote Vagrant Story, a “switched on novel about homelessness in Birmingham”, which has attracted interest from London publishers, as has the novel I am currently working on.