Read my latest for The Independent in full below or by following this link.
The book which gives doctors a checklist for mental illnesses – as made famous by The Psychopath Test – has been updated. But does it really work?
Humanity has often looked to the insect world for its technological metaphors, and now for digital inspiration
Swarms. Hive minds. The web*.
It can be hard to avoid talking about our digital culture without using insect metaphors.
Yet for new media theorist Jussi Parikka, it may be more than just a metaphor. Parikka is reader in Media and Design at Winchester School of Art and author of the Anne Friedberg Award-winning Insect Media.
“For me Insect Media started from a realisation and a question: why do we constantly talk about digital culture and networks through insect metaphors?” says Parikka. “Is it just a metaphoric relation? If yes, why do we make sense of high technological culture through references to these small brained, rather ‘dumb’ animals? Or is there even more to this?
Read my latest for The Independent here in full or by following this link. It has also now been syndicated to papers in South Africa, The Gulf States and India.
There are 100 billion spam emails sent daily. But that number is decreasing. Does this signal the end of the web’s oldest dark art?
With the New Year cranking up, I thought I would make my first post this year, three of the articles I enjoyed writing the most last year.
This kind of approach seems to me to be the most interesting way to gradually post selective bits of my back catalogue up on my blog!
Why do they always look better in print than on the web?