Looking back now with the benefit of light years distance in spacetime, it feels like that homosexual hotbox stands more as a general PSA advert for not doing drugs. And that fat line of cat (a substance from the methadrone family for the science nerds) is also very likely not going to “make it all better” as I have apparently claimed while hoovering it up with a rolled fifty. But live and learn. Continue reading THE WEDDING
Think of identity as a political revolutionary movement. It’s existence is necessary for it to challenge or topple the status quo. It is the vital catalyst for enacting this change. However, the very process of maintaining an identity is predicated on maintaining its uniqueness – shared identity of the ingroup is what binds together, and it is maintained by emphasising outgroup difference and separateness. What happens to the revolutionary when they start to win the revolution? An identity’s very existence is dependent on seeking out the differences. Identity unites the tribe in a powerful socially cohesive way, and yet, in creating a tribe it sets itself apart and, often, as exclusive and combative.
If it is the basis of “us” and “them”, then it serves only to divide. Continue reading Addicted to identity
Robbie “AFTV” Lyle. One man’s fan-led football revolution is disrupting the status quo. Robbie Lyle started AFTV almost seven years ago. It was a simple idea, he approached ordinary fans as they emptied out of the stadium to get their authentic opinions on his beloved club Arsenal. He has never looked back. In fact, the story of one Google exec’s comment has become apocryphal, “It … Continue reading Football’s Fan Revolutionary.
Authenticity in social media and the question of “to share, or not to share?” Continue reading The Media A-bomb
How do we survive our own instincts to be “helicopter parented” by our governments? By realising we are much more resilient than we believe. Continue reading Grit in the Time of Corona.
#Day3 of Khalid Shawwa and my self-imposed isolation. I have decided to return to Facebook while the Corona curve ramps up and post (probably more inane, useless musings to join the turd maelstrom that is social media today) as I feel we are in part social experiment, part apocalypse movie, part sitcom. So, things I have learnt so far: 1.) Instead of doing less work, I am … Continue reading Pandemic Diaries #3
Nothing has prepared us for the onslaught of intimacy and rage that social media fires into our ape brains. Continue reading The Social Scream
Telling stories is what we all do, but if you want to be heard you need to use a common language. Otherwise, we will all just keep on preaching to the choir. Continue reading Telling stories (when the world goes mad).
Artistry is judged not just by merit, but much more fundamentally, by its ability to produce an audience. The corollary is that a story that is unnoticed, or perhaps untold, is doomed to be meaningless. Or is it? Continue reading Is an audience of one, enough?
In revealing who I was to myself, there was no place, or reason, to hide. Even now it is so powerful because in some weird inverse law the moment I firmly grasped the truth of it, I simply let it go. Continue reading Come closer, I have something to tell you.
We have painted our enemies with such wickedness and hatred that only their complete destruction is a valid outcome. This is why rioters burn their own schools, why Brexiters tear apart their own economy, why Bernie or Bust is even considered an option. Continue reading The Media Wars.
Rather than seeing us losing our reality to virtual worlds, we are given the mindfulness of a guru or yogi to see clearly that all forms of reality are just a form of story. Continue reading Being mindful of an Immersive Life.