We’re used to treating information as ‘free’,* but the price we pay for the illusion of ‘free’ is only workable so long as most of the overall economy isn’t about information. Today, we can still think of information as the intangible enabler of communications,...
Consider the following situation: a patient in a hospital ward posts ‘Dead’ in her/his online microblog status update. She/he is in the final stages of a terminal illness. She/he, or a relative/friend, posted this message using a smart phone device from her/his hospital bed....
Scanner (Robin Rimbaud) is an experimental musician and artist of international renown whose collaborators include Laurie Anderson and Steve McQueen. Here he gives an illustrated listening and watching guide to enhancing the pleasure we get from the sound that surrounds us. The joy of sound...
People generally don’t think of the paper on which the daily news is printed, or the printing press that puts it there, as anything but neutral. They identify the publishers as the ideologues and the medium as a conduit. You'd think the same, broadly...
You’re watching a heist scene. Rather than the sound, you’re focussing on the masked protagonists as they move from vault to getaway car, gold bullion in hand. But it’s the soundtrack – nothing but a ticking watch – that brings you to the edge...
Although one might dispute that societies have always progressed, they have certainly always changed. The Digital Age brings changes to our society on a daily basis. The speed and extent of this change seem to divide commentators into two camps. There are those that...
On a recent visit to the college I attended as an undergraduate, I bumped into a senior porter who had worked there most of his life. We were enjoying a friendly chat, just as we used to, when he surprised me by remarking...
Billed as a tour of the secret studios and experimental spaces of East London, it seemed incongruous that A Trip to The Future began at The Shepherdess, a greasy spoon just off Old Street. I ordered very stewed tea from the puzzled waiter, as...
When it comes to filling time with noise, words and images, this is an unprecedented age. Among American eight- to 18-year-olds, media usage now fills more than seven and a half hours daily and you can add another three if multitasking is taken into account. Today,...
There is a crisis in the art of conversation, and it's making us hungry. On the one hand, we face a famine of quality conversation in our relationships. The typical British couple spends more time watching television together on average, 55 minutes a day...
* M13 In-between journalism, art, and a bit of science, lies an emerging new field called data visualisation.* Do you know what Marshall McLuhan in 1964 really meant when he said 'the medium is the message'? His one-liner has become an overused and often...
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