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Entries Tagged as 'newspaper'

Guardian comments are destroying civilization

September 22nd, 2015 · 1 Comment

A vast swathe of people now believe that it’s impossible to have intelligent debate online. This is not an unreasonable belief; scroll down on any newspaper website, let alone YouTube, and you’ll discover the shouting matches that inhabit most comments sections. Jessica Valenti recently wondered whether we shouldn’t simply shut down all comments, like Popular [...]

Tags: newspaper · web

Peak Ad Irritation

October 28th, 2014 · No Comments

Using Adblock on my desktop browser gives me a completely unrealistic view of the internet. Websites magically become temples to content and information; they are unsullied by commercial interests and bias; they place my interests as a reader above all else. I can’t imagine using the internet without it. I realise I’m potentially depriving sites [...]

Tags: ad · newspaper

Thoughts on consistency in tablet news apps

November 8th, 2011 · 5 Comments

A few months ago, I finally had what I’d been dreaming of for years – digital delivery of every single magazine and newspaper I read. No more stacks of New Yorkers and Economists lingering on tables waiting to be given away (or more likely, recycled); no more hunting for all the bits of subscription forms [...]

Tags: adrian · apple · book · newspaper · tech · writing

The Right Media at the Right Time

April 23rd, 2009 · 1 Comment

On Wednesday night, I was invited to a Wired UK dinner about ‘The Future of Entertainment’. At the end of the night, we were asked what we thought entertainment would look like in 15 years; some people predicted the death of copyright, others talked about the rise of videogames and live experiences. In a nod [...]

Tags: adrian · book · newspaper

A New York Times Dream

January 31st, 2009 · 1 Comment

This is a real dream I had, about four hours ago:
I was with a friend in a shop of gadgets and curios – the sort of place that has soap dispensers attached to D-ring clips, or electronic scales with keyboards – when I spotted a odd device on the bottom shelf. It looked like a [...]

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Consuming Passions, Part One

April 16th, 2008 · No Comments

Consuming Passions by Judith Flanders has to be one of the most information-dense books I have ever read. I’m used to blasting through novels in a few hours, but despite finding Consuming Passions extremely interesting, I’ve barely been able to get halfway through its 500 pages after at least a dozen hours.
The book tells the [...]

Tags: arg · book · history · newspaper

Who supports longer copyright?

November 12th, 2006 · No Comments

Various news outlets today have been claiming that the Public ’support longer copyright’. I quote from the BBC article:
62% of people polled by YouGov for the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) think UK artists should be protected for 95 years, as they are in the US.
I found this very surprising – I can hardly believe that [...]

Tags: music · newspaper · politics

The First Rule is…

June 16th, 2005 · No Comments

If you are at all interested in Doctor Who and would rather not know any plot details of the last episode, do not read any stories about Doctor Who on the internet from now on. You might think that you can rely on places like the BBC and the Guardian not to spoil the ending, [...]

Tags: doctorwho · newspaper


December 12th, 2004 · No Comments

Lots of stuff has been going on with my life lately which I should have mentioned here but just haven’t had time. I was interviewed by the Times a couple of weeks ago in an article on alternate reality games and a pop neuroscience book which I contributed to called Mind Hacks has been released [...]

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February 5th, 2004 · No Comments

The Guardian’s Life section (science) has an article about the impenetrable writing favoured by scientists when writing in journals. This is hardly a new development but it’s no less interesting or disappointing for it; what is disappointing is that the author, Chris McCabe, has reduced this interesting subject to a directionless and misguided article, which [...]

Tags: bio · newspaper · science