Category Archives: Digital culture

Are we confusing connectivity with communication?

  I’d like to talk about talking. About six years ago I was in a restaurant at Bondi Beach. Just as the menus arrived so did a couple in their twenties. They were seated at the window table opposite and … Continue reading

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We need to talk – but we no longer do

Last century the invention of the telephone created a revolution in how people communicated with each other, although it was initially marketed as being exclusively a business tool. Fast-forward to the present day and people are starting to hang up. … Continue reading

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Typewriters vs. Computers

I like this (from Ryan Adams, the songwriter/musician). “Your critical mind is an interrupter of your inspired true self. If you are daydreaming and you are in that zone, you have the 300-mile gaze, stuff is coming through, it’s like … Continue reading

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Quote of the week

“And it occurred to me that in this new millennial life of instant and ubiquitous connection, you don’t in fact communicate as much as leave messages for one another” Chang-Rae Lee                   … Continue reading

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Idea of the month

        This is interesting. Text streaming technology. Not sure if I want to do it, but it’s certainly radical. Interesting implications for libraries, publishing, education and, of course, reading. What is it? The company explains it this … Continue reading

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iPotty

  Surely this isn’t good?

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“Hell is other people” (Jean-Paul Sartre)

                        I was going to save this for my Web Sight (sic) of the month in my brainmail newsletter, but it’s just too (LOL) good to wait. Sent in … Continue reading

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The Return of Vinyl (on the 13.58 from Brussels)

Whoever it was that once accused me of being a “reluctant futurist” got me exactly right. I love looking forwards, but I also rejoice in going backwards. I’ve just been to Brussels again and this time ended up in Autoworld. … Continue reading

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Back in the Day

              Love it. Date anyone?

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Fear of Missing out (FoMo)

Worth a read (<10 minutes). From Aeon magazine.

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