In days gone by, we used to peer over other people’s shoulders on trains and in public spaces to read their newspapers. Flitting headlines would parade before us, grabbing our attention, as history unfolded before our eyes: Continue reading
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Tagged Creativity, Democracy, Equality, Facebook, Freedom, Internet, Language, Technology, Twitter, Words
It was the geneticist, Richard Dawkins, in his book The Selfish Gene, who first proposed the idea of the meme. Dawkins defined the meme as a unit of cultural transmission, an idea, pattern or concept that could be passed from person to person, changing or evolving as it propagates, such that successful memes or their variants spread rapidly, and unpopular memes die out. Dawkins, a scientist and an atheist, no doubt had in mind the notion that scientific and rational memes would steadily gain acceptance, and that religious and superstitious memes, when exposed to the harsh light of analysis and debate would gradually fade away. What a tragedy then, that the memes that seem to spread like wildfire are trivial nonsense at best, or ignorant bigotry at worst. Continue reading
This is something we all do. Me especially. I’m a paint-watcher by nature. Not literally. I have never seen anyone literally watching paint dry. But metaphorically, we do it all the time. Continue reading
I had fun with this on Facebook a while ago, and now my blogger friend Doobster has reminded me of it. Here’s the challenge – I will post 5 black and white photos and you have to guess where they are. Leave your guesses in the comments below!
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Tagged Blogging, Facebook
A few months ago I self-published my first novel, The Yoga Sutras. Three months is surely too early to judge whether it’s a success or a failure, but already I can see the things I did wrong.
Or rather, I can see some of the things I did wrong. No doubt there are others that I just haven’t spotted yet. Continue reading
I just got this creepy message from Goodreads.com in my Facebook feed:
“Goodreads added something in the past to your timeline.”
How sinister is that? How can something have been added just now but in the past? Continue reading
There are a lot of infographics doing the rounds on social media that encourage us to forgive ourselves, be kind to ourselves, love ourselves. And let’s face it, the world is full of bastards who want to grind us down. We need to be kind to ourselves.
But not too kind. We need love, but sometimes we need tough love. Continue reading