Friday, 18 April 2014

Mansplaining Irony

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Technologist Dave Winer's Mansplaining lacks nuance and glosses over relevant questions about gender; Winer neglects to ask: who benefits most by silencing debate about social power?


As a blogger, Dave Winer is inimitable, writing equal parts intelligence, humour, insight and spike. I've been reading his words for years and found him at times frustrating but mostly fun – and worth listening to.

But his 16 April piece, Mansplaining,[1] halted my tea break mid-sip: it is a post which elegantly demonstrates the nexus of sexism and privilege in both the technology industry and society. It articulates – with greater subtlety that I expect Winer imagined – why there remains a critical need to educate and inform.

Sunday, 27 January 2013

Why is Guantanamo Bay still open?

Great discussion on why Guantanamo Bay is still open.

Part 1 - Why is Guantanamo Bay still open?


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Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Enter Quora

After being inundated with follow notifications, I suspect it's time to seriously consider Quora, an online Q&A service which attempts to connect the curious with the knowledgable.  It's not the first one; Yahoo! Answers being perhaps the most prominent, but it's certainly the hottest property in the game right now, earning plenty of press and lots of kudos.  And, judging by the avalanche of activity I've been exposed to, Quora is so hot, it's smoking.

Thursday, 22 April 2010

Plenty to Compare, Ready the Next Challenge for Insurance ComparisonWebsites

Despite your mean-spirited annoyance at television adverts ceaseless braying of insurance comparison web sites, the cacophony is masking a more important commercial reality: these have been jocund days for the industry. There's nothing like a downturn to focus consumers minds on saving money and the industry has seen big winners in terms of traffic and profit.

Blessed be UK consumers; when it comes to saving a bob on insurance we are spoiled for choice. There's excruciating hand-drawn crazy man (Confused.com), bewildering Meerkats (CompareTheMarket.com), a grindingly-ubiquitous tenor (GoCompare.com) and, depressingly, middle class boring (MoneySupermarket.com and Tescocompare.com). That's hardly the full list, but it's enough.

Saturday, 6 February 2010

To Lift the Gloom, Baby Boomers Must Die

There is but one doubtless conclusion: a single path leads us out of these moribund days, darkened and close from war, pestilence, scandal, mistrust and fear.

We are doomed to this unyielding night until Baby Boomers are no more.

It is the only explanation that makes sense: Baby Boomers, the largest living crop of humans around, must be suffering a subconscious trauma, an abstract pain of dangerous proportions. It's for this reason our society seems in a perpetual funk, unable to escape the brooding and malevolent cloud lingering above us all.

I'm sympathetic, for sure; indeed, were I to suffer such so much repeated disappointment as this generation, I'd be feeling blue too.