Category Archives: Digital culture

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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Wine lists on paper vs. screens




  Should wine lists only be allowed to exist on paper? This is priceless. I was at dinner in London last night and asked for the wine list. The list promptly appeared – on an iPad. Great idea in theory, … Continue reading






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Our obsession with ranking and reviewing




                    If you don’t live in Australia you’ll have almost certainly missed this – ABC Radio’s Future Tense programme on rating, reviewing and ranking online. Yours truly is up first. First … Continue reading






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An emerging inactivity crisis (with no real friends)




              Spoiled for choice today. First, a study by Oxford University suggests that the average Facebook user has 155 friends (close to the ‘Dunbar number’ of 150, which anthropologists suggest is the maximum number … Continue reading






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            French photographer Antoine Geige has created a series of pictures featuring people having their faces sucked into their phones. This project, called SUR-FAKE, examines issues like technology addiction and dependence (Thanks to Babycakes for … Continue reading






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