I’ve always wanted to like George Monbiot. I admire the way he’s built himself up as a successful broadcaster and writer while remaining connected to the leading edge of environmental and social justice campaigning. I identify strongly with his anger for the status quo, with his passion for the idea that ‘another world is possible’. […]
Thomas Friedman explores a question I’ve been contemplating for a while here (free registration required).
Spam seems to be dominating my life at the moment, but not in the way you might think. I’ve just finished a piece of work for BT called Virtual Vice (go to www.bt.com/betterworld and click on Hot Topics) which looks at various aspects of misuse of the internet including spam, I’ve been invited to a […]
Steven Johnson has invented a new game. Basically the idea is to see how many pages Google returns for a particular word and then see what percentage of those pages also contain the name of a particular person. That percentage is that person’s googleshare of the word. The idea has been put into action here. […]
There’s some interesting blogging going on about the economics of the publishing industry. Michael Blowhard (that can’t be his real name) has written a piece where he comes to the conclusion that people who want to write books must be ‘obsessed lunatics’. It has a huge thread following it including a rather peculiar resurrection of […]
Moveon.org’s newsletter focuses on the Bush administration’s moves in the past few weeks to lift the ban on the development of ‘low-yield’ nuclear weapons. These are bunker busting warheads with an explosive force of 5 kilotons or less (about one third of the force of bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki). What’s most worrying is […]
Canada’s National Post has a piece entitled ‘Whatever happened to the paperless office?’ about how bad futurologists are: “Futurists, it seems clear, seldom have any idea what they are talking about. Even the most brilliant, Marshall McLuhan, who is to futurism what Freud is to psychiatry, was subject to extravagant fantasies. In 1964, he believed […]