Nearly every social network now treats a link as just the same as it treats any other object – the same as a photo, or a piece of text. You’re encouraged to post one single hyperlink and expose it to a quasi-democratic process of liking and plussing and hearting. But links are not objects, they are relations between objects. This objectivisation has stripped hyperlinks of their immense powers. … [Read more...] about Has social media ruined the web?
Social media activism
The precept that there is nothing so trivial that it ought not to be taken seriously has suffered a bottling from social media, which gives licence to the inane to go public and express post-literate banalities and torrents of greetings card treacle, thus revealing an arid void where their brain should be. This is without taking into account the exciting opportunities afforded for expressions of baleful spite worthy of those witch-like stalwarts of French thrillers, les corbeaux, anonymous letter writers whose lives are all grassing-up in green ink, restless curtains and asperity. The difference, of course, is that the poison pens of Twitter folk and their ilk shun murky anonymity in favour of whimsical pseudonymity, so very nearly convinced are they of their self-righteousness. … [Read more...] about Appy medium: could Instagram start an artistic revolution?
For it would be tragic if in all these rituals of commemoration we ignore a call to arms. In a whole host of jobs, from the low-skilled (which tends to mean low-paid) to the white-collar, the weekend as a block of leisure time has vanished. The YouGov study shows that only 6% of people work a traditional five-day, nine-to-five week. Some of the remaining 94% have chosen compressed hours or other flexible fixes. More than 5 million UK workers regularly work unpaid overtime. In many sectors, the idea of time-and-a-half – where, if an employer ate into your free time, they did so at a price – has also disappeared. For anyone in the gig economy, freelancers and zero-hours contractors, the idea of a weekend is laughable. When you are struggling to make up your hours, leisure is a prison. … [Read more...] about Where did the weekend go? How work stole our Saturdays and Sundays
"He'll sit with Junior and Princess for hours doing their homework, make sure they know the value of money by giving them chores and tasks to earn things they want and is always going out of his way to show them how lucky they are - taking them to their local homeless shelter to help serve food and donate their old clothes to charity. … [Read more...] about How Peter Andre proved he’s the perfect dad with strict rules & once-in-a-lifetime holidays
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