Wednesday, September 28, 2005 Like everyone, I get my fair share of email spam, and most of the time my filters do a good job of directing straight into the trash. But once in a while, something sneaks into my inbox. It’s not much of a hassle, except when you don’t know what you’re being […]

Archers, Ashes and Hammers

Tuesday, September 13, 2005 Regular readers will know my passion for The Archers, the long-running BBC Radio 4 drama (or soap, if you’re being nasty). That I can listen to it over the internet is a Very Good Thing. But yesterday I was struck even more firmly by the distance-destroying impact new technology has had […]

The breakdown of civil society

Tuesday, September 06, 2005 I’m beginning to think Douglas Rushkoff has it right, I’m afraid: What those who are afraid of civil society breaking down don’t realize is that civil society has already broken down! This is not a civil society we live in, but a profiteering, every-man-for-himself, oligarchy. The democratic process is broken if […]

The large print giveth, the small print taketh away

Tuesday, September 06, 2005 Amid all the horrors of hurricane Katrina and the subsequent deluge in New Orleans – hell and high water indeed – Wal-Mart deserve a special mention. At the same time as Wal-Mart officials were standing beside President Bush, announcing a $15 million donation to disaster relief, they were cutting off the […]