An excellent writer and humorist, Brooker’s frank style of analysis is well known as a result of his work with the BBC and The Guardian. His work frequently concerns the media, so it’s probably not much of a surprise that Brooker was a student of Media Studies at the University of Westminster. What might be surprising is that Brooker failed to graduate as a result of writing his dissertation on video games, which his institution disapproved of.
There’s a certain irony to this. Having studied a similar discipline, I can testify that, at least at Cardiff University, Media and Journalism Studies lecturers frequently cite and show Brooker’s programmes as excellent incisions into the modern media. Newswipe, in particular, provides a good example of how bizarre mainstream news values appear when faced with serious scrutiny. Not only that, but video games have taken Brooker further than his degree alone would have done; he’s currently producing a documentary for Channel 4 entitled “How Video Games Changed the World.” Take that, dissertation supervisor.