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Into the Maelstrom: How the Hyperconnected Age is Tearing Us Apart

Writing during the twilight age of literature, maverick media theorist Marshall McLuhan devoted his life to the understanding of the global mass media and its effect on human behavior. He argued that by changing our sense ratios, different communication technologies altered the focus of our mental attention and affected us both on an individual and […]

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In Defense of the Google Manifesto

James Damore, the Google employee who wrote the viral Google manifesto, was fired yesterday for “perpetuating gender stereotypes.” From the various reactions I’ve read, you would think Damore wrote the next iteration of Mein Kampf. Gizmodo labelled it an “anti-diversity screed.” Mashable called it a “racist/sexist manifesto” when reporting that the author’s identity had been revealed. Tweetstorms were fashionable, with […]

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Why Your Friend’s Political Opinions Shouldn’t Make You Mad

Logging into Facebook, I see Corbyn memes jostling for space with videos warning of the Islamisation of Europe; petitions in support of transgender rights alongside disdainful cartoons about “SJWs.” I have liberal friends, conservative friends, communist friends, and ultra-reactionary friends. This is how I like it. It makes life interesting. Infinitely more eminent people than myself […]

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Truth Doesn’t Depend on “Power”

In one debate after another on any issue with regards to religion, race, gender, or fairness, there is one maxim of faith you’ll hear repeated over and over again with an evangelist’s zeal: objective truth doesn’t really exist. And what we hear to be the truth is merely based on power – power invested in the state, […]

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Stop the Generation War

Now that the election has come and gone, we can see the large swell in the youth vote. Much of it went to Corbyn. Once seen as puffed up lazy millennials, now the young are naïve, inexperienced and brainwashed [1], toasting Bobby Sands in their hipster pubs [2]. For now, they’ve made their mark on British politics […]

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What We Forgot To Remember, Part 3: The Slow Crush

We can focus better on tasks that are urgent or pressing than those that seem distant and far away. Even the laziest of students seem somehow able to drag themselves to the library to cram study in a week before an exam. This is because temporality has a strong influence on our evaluation of importance; […]

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