Category Archives: Digital culture

The Five Stages of Disconnection




Just had my email down for about a week. Five stages: Denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. Seems OK now. Meanwhile been working on the final stages of my new megatrends map and there’s a megatrend on it I’ve called … Continue reading






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No time to be a kid these days




I’m aware of students that no longer attend university lectures, preferring instead to watch their lectures online at 1.5x speed (going backwards if they don’t understand something). However, I was having a chat with someone today and heard a new … Continue reading






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The Paradox of Digital Information




I liked this thought…..






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Big Tech Backlash




So I wrote the below (not the above!) back at the end of December, but things seem to be emerging strongly already. Back-lash against Big Tech This is partly a story about wealth, income and opportunity polarisation. It’s partly one … Continue reading






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A more comfortable way of being alone




Just when I thought that all hope had been lost for decent journalistic analysis a small article comes along yesterday in the London Evening Standard about Pokemon. More precisely, the article is about why large parts of the world might … Continue reading






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Quote of the week (about digital culture)




After yesterday’s essay something short. “The complicated, ambiguous milieu of human contact is being replaced with simple, scalable equations. We maintain thousands more friends than any human being in history, but at the cost of complexity and depth.” Daniel. H. … Continue reading






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Quote of the Week… and much, much more




So much to think about at the moment, which is why I’ve been rather absent of late. I’m working on something looking at the future of water, some provocation cards for a Tech Foresight 2016 event and something on risk … Continue reading






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Me My Selfie and I




This is from Aeon magazine and worth repeating in full in my view. I’m having dinner with my flatmates when my friend Morgan takes a picture of the scene. Then she sits back down and does something strange: she cocks … Continue reading






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Lines for a life online




We rate and rank and tag and post, We swipe and tweet and troll and toast (lol!), We check and watch and Like and bray, And do it all again next day.” ‘When We’re Not Sleeping’, Antony Funnell






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The Rise of Evensong – a ‘Weak Signal’?




                This seems odd, but actually makes a lot of sense. Cathedrals, churches and chapels across the country are reporting growing attendances at evensong, a religious service that combines contemplative music with the … Continue reading






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