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Before Post-Truth, There Was Post-Production

What can we possibly trust in an online world with near-perfect CGI? When a 21 year old Carrie Fisher turns round at the end of a film made when she was in her 60s and talks about hope, and an aging Trump turns and arches his back on a hotel bed in St Petersburg, what

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Creating Freedom, by Raoul Martinez

This looks like a very worthwhile read. Comes highly recommended, and if you’re interested in understanding and acting in these strange times, sounds like one for the Christmas list. From the review in The Guardian:  Creating Freedom is, in part, a mashup of Naomi Klein’s The Shock Doctrine, James Lovelock’s The Revenge of Gaia, Thomas

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No More ‘God In the Midst of Suffering’

Perhaps it’s why he smokes. Giles Fraser is a good man. I’ve a lot of respect for him. But in the wake of the comments that Stephen Fry made about God being an ‘evil maniac,’ he’s written a piece that I simply cannot agree with. His argument that Fry has set up the wrong kind

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Dear Scotland…

I’ve kept pretty quiet with all this talk of independence, partly because I’ve somehow felt that I didn’t have a valid voice in the debate. But the last couple of days, as the arguments have become more intense and the feelings raised even higher, I’ve decided that that’s nonsense. I could say that I have

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Edward Snowden: Modern-Day Pirate?

Over the past 48 hours the number of countries saying ‘no’ to Edward Snowden’s application for asylum has grown rapidly. From Austria to Brazil, Finland to Spain, it seems that representatives from nations on Snowden’s list have been queuing up with their statements and sad shakes of their head. Attempts have been made to place

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Religion: No Longer The Dope

There was a ‘spending review’ here in the UK yesterday at which the Chancellor Jeffrey George Osborne announced even more financial austerity over the next few years. At the same time, it was announced that SnapChat was valued at $800m. On a day when economic forecasts were more gloomy than ever and those on benefits

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Man of Steel (Not God of Krypton) – A Radical Review

I saw Man of Steel last night, and, as a big ‘superhero’ film thought I’d post some reflections on it in the light of After Magic, which deals with the superhero archetypes seen in the recent Batman and Spiderman films. Spoiler Alert As a quick outline, the film opens with a crisis on Krypton. The people

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iOS 7 | Robot Cockroaches | Prism

Sometimes a group of news stories come out that make you think that perhaps there is some divinely comic dark force behind everything. God, or The Bilderberg Group. Or Prehistoric Lizards. In the last couple of days we’ve had a triad of such stories…and I refuse to believe that they are unrelated. Firstly, we’ve had

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Playing Pirate with the Web | Privacy, Privatisation and Militarisation

With the recent furore over The Guardian and Washington Post’s revelations about PRISM, and the apparent willingness of pretty much every large tech company to give the US government direct access to its servers, I’ve been mulling on a great book that Barry Taylor recommended to me: Geert Lovink’s Networks Without A Cause. It’s perhaps

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