This is a pet peeve I've had for so long, but it has been made more urgent given the proliferation of fake news and ad-spam, even as traditional news sources are downsizing from decreasing revenues. Let me present a possible business model to pull this off.Read More
The news of Donald Trump's presidency has been so singularly distressing that I absolutely had to take time out to come to terms with it, make sense of it for myself, integrate it into my understanding of the world as it is (and not as I would like it to be).
This essay therefore is more for me than anyone else, but I’m putting it up and out there because my belief (strengthened anew more than ever) that the only way global democracy works is with radical openness. Read this or don’t, support or criticize, share or rebut but regardless, let’s engage with one another more, even if -perhaps especially if - we disagree strongly.Read More
Someone asked me this question on the Climate Change group:
"I am new to the front and I got stopped dead in my tracks by a Climate Change denier who showed scientific evidence that climate change is a naturally occurring phenomena and is actually LESS extreme than the natural climate change which has happened in the past, according to geological records. Help."
Here's my answer.Read More
In a book entitled “Introduction to Lacan” - referring of course to the one and only Jacques Lacan - Slavoj Zizek uses plotlines from popular film and literature to illustrate Lacanian thought. In one section of the book, he tangentially refers to the ecological crisis of our time, and why we have been thus far unable to meaningfully engage with it. Specifically, he suggests that this failure can be explained by psychoanalysis. In this essay, I try to break the illusions of these faulty modes of response.Read More
Some shower thoughts on the ever-growing energy demand of the world.Read More
I've spent more time poring over media describing Werner Herzog himself than his body of work. Why does he fascinate me so much? Here is a man who has never compromised when it comes to his art.Read More
Finally made time to sit through Tarkovsky's Stalker (1979). Definitely on the long side just short of 3 hours, and not necessarily because of the number of plot twists. I figured I might spend some time reflecting on the film since I think best when I writeRead More
This scene from Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey employs, in my opinion, one of the most meaningful editing cuts in the history of film.Read More
I’ve always had a strong affinity to language. Language is the one thing I’m most proficient in, and of late, most passionate about. But I’ve come to realise, just as language is a whip I wield, it is also the whip that tames me.Read More