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What would you do for your faith?

November 30, 2011

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I am, by and large, a lapsed Catholic. But because I’m an interested and engaged reader – and perhaps because of my semi-religious past – I was intrigued to read this blogpost at the Smithsonian website about the trend throughout the ages of stigmata. I’d heard before of stigmata, but only in the metaphorical sense. […]

Besmirching the good name of rioting

August 9, 2011

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I can sort of get why there was unrest in London. A policeman shot another guy, and there was a protest, and people supposedly got angry. But that was Saturday night. It’s now Tuesday morning, and all the pictures are showing residential premises (homes, that is, with people in them) being set on fire and […]

Norwegian terrorism and the new media landscape

July 22, 2011

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I had written a book about the power of Twitter in disseminating news (in particular in the Arab Spring) but until today hadn’t quite gathered just how powerful a movement it is. The general argument I made when the book was published in May was that Twitter was vitally important in providing the impetus for […]

Quantitative easing, 3rd century BC style

July 22, 2011

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Dionysius the Elder was sort of a dick, really. It’s what you’d expect from the ruler of a city-state (Syracuse) that allied itself with Sparta and Corinth, both of whom prioritised the state over the people. They pretty much tortured male children in order to ensure that they became good soliders; huge numbers of female […]

Coming back to the Mac with OS X Lion?

July 21, 2011

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[This is based on a rejected pitch I sent Wired after a call for freelance pitches about OS X Lion on Twitter. I liked the idea – though they thought it wasn’t quite right for them – so figured I’d write it anyway.] My first computer was a Mac. It was boxy, clunky and pixellated […]

How many readers will the News of the World lose?

July 7, 2011

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The news that the News of the World, the Sunday tabloid, hacked into the mobile phones of real people as opposed to the celebrities and politicans that breathe a different, rarefied air, has left a bad feeling in the mouths of most people. We didn’t necessarily mind when it was rich people who often played […]

Recommended reading: cricket and shonky bank robberies

June 22, 2011

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I’ve been reading an awful lot of good journalism recently, with the result that I want to share it with others. Hopefully from reading what I write, you’ll have a similar appreciation of these articles – all of which are available online for free – which tread the same sort of style and thought patterns […]