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Trans-substantial Catholics

Watch this. What are the priests doing? Catholic Litmus Test If you are Catholic, then I hope for the sake of your soul you said he is welcoming Christ bodily into the world. If you didn’t you aren’t looking too […]


Poor Hanno

According to the pop-psychologist-pseudo-science writer Malcolm Gladwell in his magnum lite-opus, the Tipping Point we as a species need risk takers. Individuals who are willing to put it all on the line in pursuit of a goal will, if they […]


Intelligence and Happiness?

A while ago, the Inquisition pondered the nature of intelligence, and whether a certain outlook or attendant mental abilities are guides to or from happiness. This has been obliquely in the news of late…


Buried by the Sea

Its odd. Most graveyards in Connemara appear to be near water, if not actually right on the coast. Why? West Galway, or Connemara, has a lot of unused space. Admittedly, much of the land Connemara is industrially and agriculturally useless, […]


Cycling Two Abreast

Cycling two abreast in Ireland is legal, a protected practice, and it is safer.


Indoors / Outdoors (Defuse)

A talk given by The Inquisition at Defuse, on Wednesday 7th November 2012, as part of Designweek in Dublin, Ireland


Nürnburg’s Extra Bombs

Nürnburg got ripped to shreds by Bomber Harris’ boys. By how much appears to be open to debate.


Law & Morality

The preface to HLA Hart’s publication of his 1961 lecture series on the meeting of law and morality is as prevalent today as it ever was.


Foy – The Bodiless Head

A bodiless head is revered as being Saint Foy, who died a cruel death.


Coffee Haters

There are people out there who pretend to like coffee. Coffee Haters – you have been warned.


False Flags 2

False flag, covert ops by Americans against Americans? Sounds crazy, and so it was deemed.


Plastic 55 Years Ago

55 years ago Roland Barthes considered the importance of plastic and what it meant, as a substance and a symbol.


Cesare Borgia’s Party

The Pope, his son and fifty prostitutes – Cesare Borgia’s party.


Marriage – A Potted History

Marriage is thought by many to be a fixed rite, one which is immovable and inflexible. The truth is that it has not always seemed so…


Blinking Morse

The world was shocked when a victim of torture started blinking morse. The story of a US aviator captured in Vietnam.


Synecdoche

Synecdoche is a powerful, expressive linguistic device


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Connected

You are reading this on the internet. You probably consider yourself a well-rounded individual; someone who can handle navigating the information superhighway without lashing out at your neighbour with a slash-hook.

Humanity is well used to the slow digest and assimilation of information. We have had tablets, scrolls, papyrus et al. for a long time at this point – media which allow us to dip in, work at our own rate and require true interpersonal skills for discussion afterward.

The net and television are very different in this regard. When we use these sources we are at a remove from the real world, and to a certain extent its implications. We are fed information and brought along at pace. We are shown ads depicting how we ought to live, given information that irritates us, we can be harassed, robbed, feted and more. And all of it in a semi virtual state.

Take TV for example. Images wash past the viewer pushing them from emotional pillar to post – images of violence, greed, love, hate, the whole gamut of human experience. While the vast majority can handle this it still casts a harsh light on what we have and haven’t, who we are and aren’t. In the 1980s and 90s Bhutan experienced crime rate increases. Then from 1999 when it became the last country to allow TV more serious social issues began to be seen; crimes such as murder began to occur, families broke up, thievery increased. It’s okay though, it’s still a very safe country though, just expensive to visit.

The net is a different beast. This seems to cause real craziness from German cannibals meeting online, to Korean parents allowing their baby to starve to death, to neo-nazis gathering, and so on ad nauseum. The gloves are really off online.

Just as TV affected the Bhutanese, so we are starting to wake up to how the internet is affecting us. After all, how many of us do real world things like using the Yellow Pages when we need a number? It’s much easier to go to Google (or Bing, if there is something amiss in your head already).

Bibliography
Introduction to Communication Studies, John Fiske, Routledge, 2002
Crime statistics and rates in Bhutan
Alternet article on the human response to digital media

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