About Jon Bailes
I’m an author, media critic and freelance writer, originally from the UK. I have a PhD in European Studies from University College London.
My published work includes two books and dozens of reviews, op-eds and features for online and print publications. I also provide consultancy services to video game publishers looking for silent reviews and critical analysis of games at various stages of development.
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, videogames 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.
In the last few years, I have focused especially on videogames, drawing on over 35 years of gaming experience and a long-term attraction to considering what makes them tick. But I’m always looking for new ways to apply my brand of critical analysis.
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