how much globalization can we bear? In 2003, German philosopher Rüdiger Safranski published a little book with the intriguing title: 'How much globalization can we bear?' ('Wieviel Globalisierung verträgt de
avoid news An interesting essay that's been making the rounds recently - ironically after being published in a Dutch newspaper - is ' Avoid News ' (PDF) by Rolf Dobelli . Subtitled '
into eternity The documentary ' Into Eternity ' chronicles the building of a nuclear waste storage facility in Finland. Designed as a "permanent solution" for radioactive material - whi
data stories Recommended viewing for journalists and critical readers, the documentary ' Journalism in the Age of Data ' looks at the state of the art of data visualization . With a de
heel ander blad For Dutch speakers, the collage newspaper 'Heel Ander Blad' ('Very Different Paper') by artist Luuk Wilmering offers an effective piece of media satire. The concept - cutt
government database fallacies In follow-up of yesterday's post on function creep , there are of course a lot more arguments against government-created central databases of personal data - or indeed of
function creep Function creep is "the way in which information that has been collected for one limited purpose, is gradually allowed to be used for other purposes which people may not ap
100,000,000,000,000 sonnets ' 100,000,000,000,000 Sonnets ' is a nice online version of Raymond Queneau 's 'Cent Mille Milliards de Poèmes' (' Hundred Thousand Billion Poems '). Composed of fourteen
digital forgetting Harvard professor Viktor Mayer-Schönberger argues for an expiration date on digital content. While in practice the idea (a metatag for all data saying "will self-destruct
the digital universe For some truly astronomical figures, check ' The Diverse and Exploding Digital Universe ', an annual white paper by IDC , sponsored by EMC . According to their estimates,
manufacturing consent At almost three hours long, the classic documentary ' Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media ' (1992) by Mark Achbar and Peter Wintonick , provides a good intro
double negation Curious notice at the entrance of my local supermarket... The text says: "No entrance for (high school) students between 12:15 and 1:15 PM." (Not a very convincing stateme
confusing time Curious announcement at the train station today: Ladies and gentlemen, please note that as of today the clocks in this station will no longer display the correct time.
worldmapper Worldmapper is a fascinating collection of world maps, or cartograms , re-sizing territories on each map according to specific variables. Large amounts of statistical data
tags As a start of the long overdue redesign of this blog, i'll be experimenting with adding tags to entries. So bear with potential bugs... Tagging, as a form of adding metada
parkinson's law To archive this one once and for all, here's the definition and explanation of the great and ever applicable Parkinson's Law , as described by Cyril Northcote Parkinson in