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7-11… 9/11… 18th Century… Europe… | On History

Today I overheard two people talking, one of whom seemed to be (not the first time I’d heard this) conflating 7-Eleven and 9/11. ‘Wait,’ she said when brought up on this. ‘They’re not the same thing?’ No. One is a chain of convenience stores, the other a major terrorist attack and one of the defining moments

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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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What the World **Really** Needs Now…

…is a robot that can fold your laundry. You’ll be able to use that new-found spare 10 minutes making yourself feel awful by scrolling through Facebook stories from people who seem better than you! Anyone else just want to give up now?   –//– Click here to receive updates, and hear first about new projects

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Mutiny | Withdrawal of Labour in the Age of Zero Hours

I’m no firebrand when it comes to trades union activity (though I am a lead rep in the education union I am a part of) but when a Tory government starts rattling sabres and threatening even more draconian legislation to outlaw strikes, it has me worried. Last night I finally got round to watching The

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Can We Talk About Radical Theology and Alcohol?

In the past few posts about the bigger political, technological and cultural shifts that might be going on behind the ‘fake news’ scandal, I’ve proposed how Radical Theology might have in helping people to critique political and religious illusions. However, I’ve also mooted that Radical Theology could itself become a means by which the hard

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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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Post Truth | Hypernormalisation and the Radical Response

In a post last week on the ‘Fake News’ scandal and the way that our information sources have become distorted, narrowed and – some now claim – deliberately confused by digital algorithms, I concluded by saying: In the chaos of this truthless mental and political environment, we more naturally turn to brands for security, to

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The Circle

Very excited about the forthcoming film of one of the best – and most important – books of last year. Dave Eggers’ technological vision in The Circle is, I think, absolutely spot on, and resonates with a lot of what I’ve written, especially in chapter 6 of Getting High.  –//– Click here to receive updates,

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When We Lose Touch, We Lose Feeling

Came upon this in a cafe up in Bayswater. When all is smooth and screen-like, do we lose our ability to feel too? From The Forecast, a publication from the same stable as The Monocle. Not online, so seek it out.  –//– Click here to receive updates, and hear first about new projects

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Post Truth 1

Two stills from Adam Curtis’ excellent polemical documentary, Hypernormalisation.  They’re from a section on the aftermath of the collapse of the USSR, and the parallel collapse of any sense that any grand claims could be trusted, among a people who had been asked to believe one pack of lies, and then revolt, only to –

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