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I saw an acquaintance on Twitter – a Labour-voting millennial – announce that out of guilt, she would be buying ‘reusable make up wipes’; that her new washing machine doesn’t have a tumble dryer; and that she was thinking of buying a bike. This new concern for environmentalism was sparked, she said, as a result of having seen David Attenborough’s latest documentary with footage of overcrowded walruses dying from cliff tops, Extinction Rebellion’s protests and from following on Twitter, 16 year old Swedish environmental protestor, Greta Thunberg.

Greta Thunberg

Greta Thunberg -the new generation’s not-so-new ideas about saving the environment

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April 21, 2019 at 12:47 pm

The Cambridge Analytica Scandal, part 2: biopower

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In Part 1 of this two-part series, I looked at the Cambridge Analytica ‘scandal’, seeing how a corporation with knowledge of a population’s ‘hobby-horses’, could steer, with targeted social media posts, enough people to get the vote they wanted. I argued that the ‘scandal’ was not, as was presented by some, about Facebook stealing our data. I suggested it is about what Michel Foucault called ‘biopower’. In part 2, I explain what that means and then go on about the smoking ban a bit.michel foucault Read the rest of this entry »

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August 28, 2018 at 10:19 pm

The Cambridge Analytica Hobby-Horse, part 1: manipulating elections

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Recently while travelling in Northern Europe, I found myself, against my better judgment, inside a ‘street food’ market. There I witnessed and then joined in with a debate between the chef at one of the stalls and a cleaner. The cleaner maintained that he did not watch the news because ‘none of it is real’. ‘America, Russia,’ he said, ‘it’s all lies.’ This, evidently was his hobby-horse. The chef, however, thought that you should follow the news because you needed to know things. If you did not know things, he argued, you might think, for example, that Africa is a terrible place full of poverty and war but if you ask someone who has been there then you would know that it’s not like that at all. The hobby-horse he was riding was also quite evident.

I am, with Lawrence Sterne, a great admirer of a hobby-horse. ‘So long as a man rides his HOBBY-HORSE peaceably and quietly along the King’s highway,’ he writes in his rambling genius of an 18th century novel, Tristram Shandy, ‘and neither compels you or me to get up behind him, —- pray, Sir, what have either you or I to do with it?’title piece tristram shandy Read the rest of this entry »

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August 24, 2018 at 4:51 pm