About Jon Bailes
I’m an author, media critic and freelance writer, originally from the UK. My published work includes two books and dozens of reviews, op-eds and features for online and print publications. I have a PhD in European Studies from University College London.
I haven’t always been a writer. In the past I’ve done plenty of jobs and courses that took me in very different directions. But in hindsight, every one of these experiences was crucial in developing my writing skills and interests.
Teaching and Learning
In 2003 I became a TEFL teacher and then spent several years teaching English in various locations. Being an English teacher of course improved my knowledge of how English works. Yet more importantly it enabled me to travel, introducing me to people from all over the world.
Whilst still teaching, I began postgraduate study part-time. I first completed a Master’s in European Thought before moving on to my PhD, which I finished in 2017. My studies covered a wide range of subjects, from politics and sociology to philosophy and literary theory. It was here that I got used to writing regularly, meeting the high standards of rigour and accuracy required in academia.
Society and Culture
As for my interests, I’m drawn to big social questions, in areas such as jobs, the environment, technology and democracy. I’m keen to understand where our societies are heading and how we can achieve more inclusive, comfortable, sustainable living.
At the same time, I’m fascinated by culture, especially news media, video games and film. I want to explore how these forms guide us through the world, for better or worse. Or, I simply want to talk about why a certain game or film has captured my imagination.
Now I’m always looking to write about modern social life, from local struggles and good causes to global trends and alternative futures. Equally, I love to explore the potentials of different media, and consider what they show us about ourselves.
That’s my story. Perhaps I can help tell yours.
Thanks for reading.