• Games are now way more than Games

    While this link talks about Fortnite, it really speaks to a trend. Even if the fad of Fortnite passes, and another brand replaces it, the underlying trend will probably continue.The sophistication of games, their free-form narrative structures, and the cost and ubiquity of devices are trends converging on a new reality — that games are… Continue reading

  • Google, democracy and the truth about internet search

    With the rise of bigoted right-wing mobs everywhere in the world, coinciding with 15 years of Online search engines, it’s worth asking these questions — how impartial should Google be to information? For Google’s mechanical search algorithms, the answers to auto-suggested searches like ‘Are women evil’, ‘Are jews bad/are Muslims bad’ are all: *yes, and… Continue reading

  • ‘Honesty Shouldn’t Go Unrewarded’

    A neat promotion for an ‘honest’ Credit Card. The logistics to have produced this seem beautifully orchestrated. NAB Honesty Shouldn't Go Unrewarded – YouTube. Continue reading

  • A prehistory of social media

    Before there was Facebook, there was the Telegram, and before that, in 17th Century Oxford, there were shops that sold ‘that Muslim drink, Coffee’, and kept the students from their studies. Its all too familiar. Enthusiasm for coffeehouses was not universal, however, and some observers regarded them as a worrying development. They grumbled that Christians… Continue reading

  • TED Video: Sherry Turkle: ‘No one is listening’ Sherry Turkle: Connected, but alone? | Video on One of the best talks i’ve seen about how new technology affects us, and what really matters about this thing called ‘community’ – from a woman at the center of it all. Must see. Continue reading