#79: The Need for the Public Understanding of Humanities and Social Science Theory

Words are easy. They are not formulas. You should just be able to read them and understand them instantly. Or so it goes. We seemingly are living in a time where all the things talked about in the humanities and the social sciences in the recent decades are finally coming to have their day in… Continue reading #79: The Need for the Public Understanding of Humanities and Social Science Theory

#73: The Destruction of Creativity through “Social” Media

There used to be a magical time. You will remember it if you remember using MS Internet Explorer version 2 and above, Netscape Navigator 3 and the mighty Netscape 4 (Communicator). Search Engines (AltaVista, Lycos, Metacrawler, etc.) and Catalogues (Yahoo!) were two different things. Inktomi was not just an allusion to the Lakota spider-trickster (the… Continue reading #73: The Destruction of Creativity through “Social” Media

#72: Can We Trust The Media?

I. Introduction, because this is a Longer Text and it Needs Headings There appears to be a sense among many people that there is a problem with “the media.” Trust in media seems low, and there is a societal division with regards to which media is seen as reliable, which as misleading or fake. These… Continue reading #72: Can We Trust The Media?

#54: The Dictator as False Messiah: A Belated Review of Game Of Thrones Season 8

I. Game of Thrones has been a mainstay of recent television mania. Each year, the excitement built up more and more, and for the very last season, expectations were high, and, as it goes with genre shows, fans had their very concrete ideas about how things should develop. This now is a very belated, spoiler-filled… Continue reading #54: The Dictator as False Messiah: A Belated Review of Game Of Thrones Season 8

#43: “Worst Persons” in the World: Hate Is the New Normal

I still remember Keith Olbermann’s sometimes ironic, sometimes dead-serious takedowns of politicians and people in the public eye. His show “Countdown with Keith Olbermann” on MSNBNC (2003-11) started, supposedly, as a parody of the style of Bill O’Reilly’s show “The O’Reilly Factor” (1996-2017), then on Fox News. While Olbermann never achieved the brilliance which Stephen… Continue reading #43: “Worst Persons” in the World: Hate Is the New Normal

#22: There Are No “Alternative” News Sources

The dissatisfaction with "established" news sources is real. There has been a worrying trend in media towards heavy editorializing, partisan bias, and selective reporting. All this is happening in newspapers and television news, also online. But the answer to that problem is not to gravitate to "alternative" news sources which would see all these problems… Continue reading #22: There Are No “Alternative” News Sources

#21: Media: Don’t Tell People What To Think

Journalism is one of the most important activities in any country. Freedom of the Press, Freedom of Speech, both are cornerstones for any successful society, not just for democracies. Without a free press and free speech, no society will survive successfully for long. Dictatorships that disallow one or both those crucial components of public and… Continue reading #21: Media: Don’t Tell People What To Think