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Years ago, I studied the work of a photomontage artist called John Heartfield. “Heartfield” is the adopted name of Helmut Herzfeld (1891-1968), a German adamantly opposed to the rising Nazi party in the 1920s...

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I am a digital immigrant

I only heard of the term “digital immigrant” a few days ago and would like to pay my rather belated respects to Marc Prensky, who, in 2001, coined the terms “native” and “immigrant” to...

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Chord Change

The best news in many days came from Germany this morning, specifically from the church of St. Burchardi in Halberstadt. There, a performance of an organ composition by the irrepressibly inventive musician John Cage...

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Who do you think you are?

Lambert Wiesing, the only practicing phenomenologist I know, just published a book about the perception of self (Ich für mich). It’s a difficult argument, as you might expect.  It turns out that proper philosophers have simply never...

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Zooming life away

Apparently Zoom burnout has become a recognised condition.  It’s a bit like what the virus is doing to us all, flattening, numbing, draining, insolating…stupefying?   The British actress/comedienne, Diane Morgan got it exactly right, I think....