Binaries, Polarisation and Privacy

In my writing, reading and thinking during the last year or so, some of the recurring themes are ethics, learning, diversity, popularity and polarisation in Internet culture.  Encouraged by my experience at the smallest federated wiki, I am trying different ways of writing, experimenting with partially-formed ideas, linking with and building on what others have … Continue reading “Binaries, Polarisation and Privacy”

Processing our grief and looking to the future

Yesterday when I heard the EU Referendum result, my feelings moved from dread to grief, and I am hopeful that writing this post will be therapeutic for me. I’d be delighted if anyone wants to respond.  Part of my philosophy is that we can learn from mistakes so surely there is something to be learned … Continue reading “Processing our grief and looking to the future”

Between Athenians and Visigoths: what lies between polar positions in public discourse online

  “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” (variously attributed – Google it)       In his graduation speech, Neil Postman characterised two groups from history, the Athenians and the Visigoths, each of which has since disappeared but has left their mark on subsequent cultures. For … Continue reading “Between Athenians and Visigoths: what lies between polar positions in public discourse online”