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Radical Leftist Politics, What Have You Done for Us Lately?

  |  February 28, 2011

On Sunday, February 13, I received an email to this effect: "I enjoyed reading your recent essay [“In the Land of Bloombergia,” Counterpunch, 9 February 2011] critiquing the critique of your Mayor Bloomberg. I have much the same thoughts when I read a lot of left critiques of our cultural and political elites [...]

On Engagement

  |  February 25, 2011

Without anyone really noticing, the term ‘engagement’ seems to be on the way to becoming ubiquitous in public discourse. One recent manifestation of this was a recent report on campus extremism by UK university vice-chancellors that suggested that universities should ‘engage with, rather than proscribe’ extreme views on campus. The report’s call for engagement was […]

Why We Need More Trickster Stories

  |  February 23, 2011

How we tell stories has a lot to do with how we understand ourselves and our world. My obsession with story-gathering and storytelling (otherwise known as researching and writing) is probably why I find myself working in and studying media and communications. One of the things I have learned is that once ideas and experiences […]

Conversations From This Afternoon (1)

  |  February 17, 2011

How do we step away from the habit of owning and defending ideas, and towards doing our thinking in public? Can we shift the focus from the individuals, to the links between us? One possibility – for a site like this – is through publishing conversations. Sharing the ways in which we kick around ideas […]

When Should We Eat Our brains?

  |  February 15, 2011

Show me a page of text and my eye immediately homes in on any typographical error. This tic is occasionally a blessing, more often a curse and a tiresome hindrance. Similarly with any new idea or project, I have an internal “yes, but” reflex that leaps forward to suggest ways that things could go wrong. […]

The State as Scaffolding

  |  February 9, 2011

It is fashionable to be against the State, with all its secrets and lies, if you are for the internet, social media, and the revolutionary potential of the network. I do not mean anything as gauche as imagining smashing the State – not in person, in our 30s – but rather a certain condescending “Gov […]

Fearful Sightings

  |  February 7, 2011

Right now, this is an unprecedented moment. More and more people can see the possibility of throwing off their ‘mind forg’d manacles’, to use William Blake’s phrase. This is the time of mass protests across North Africa and the Gulf, but I’m thinking more broadly about planetary problems and the range of demotic and legislative […]

The Revolution Will Be Twitterised (and Al-Jazeera’d)

  |  February 4, 2011

Gil Scott-Heron once sang that the revolution will not be televised. The Tunisian revolution, and the continuing Egyptian uprising, would seem to refute the great man’s chorus. But it’s worth returning to the last lines of the original lyric: “the revolution will be no re-run, brothers … the revolution will be live.” And indeed it has not been […]

Time for New Public Thinking

  |  February 3, 2011

Imagine that the BBC announced a project to map the great public thinkers of the 20th century and began by setting criteria which would exclude George Orwell, Gloria Steinem and Antonio Gramsci. The idea is absurd – but no less absurd than Radio 3’s recent search for “the next generation of public intellectuals.” The New […]

How to Annotate a Book

  |  March 2, 2005

Course Summary Developing iPhone and apps is only useless, but an effective way to understand programming, grasp professional growth tactics, and be around the cuttingedge. Use coding concepts like circles aspects and conditionals to generate straightforward views, and after that plunge further into Swift to make skilled and vibrant -seeking apps. Week-One: App Improvement for […]