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Language Games

The inspiration for writing this blog post came to me while trying to have a conversation with my mother. Keyword: trying. It has become increasingly difficult for me to have conversations with members of previous generations. This is especially a problem seeing as my job mainly involves having to talk to elderly people. Luckily for me, a lot of older people just…

Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out.

The psychedelic art of Andrey Ballandin

Pop a tab, slip under an MRI and what you would see might surprise you. Brain networks that normally handle vision, attention, movement and hearing communicate with each other in novel ways, leading to what looks like a “more unified brain”. What I would like to zoom into, however, is the Default Mode Network. Scans revealed a deactivation of the tightly linked…

Social Media and High (?) Fashion

It is needless to list the perks of digital media. We are living in a day and age where we have fast access to information, gadgets in our hands that provide us with great quality cameras, and an unlimited means for various sources of interaction. Apart from serving our individual lives for the best; these facilities also serve to different organisms and…

Online personality cults

Last week there was a blog post about twitch streamers and how they used their personality to engage an audience and the way that also translated into these people making income (link below). One thing I have also noticed, apart from what was discussed in the aforementioned article, is how these streamers or other internet personalities with a certain amount of fame/exposure…

Lads, It’s…

Disclaimer: This post was written before the Brighton-Tottenham game, and therefore doesn’t cover that result or Lloris’ injury; the latter of which is, in my opinion, an interesting look into how player injury impacts fans’ banter culture. Nevertheless – sorry (not sorry), Spurs fans.  “Lad’s, it’s Tottenham.”  Losing at home’s always going to sting. Losing seven goals to two, in your new…

The Magical School Bus of the Internet

As a late-nineties baby, I derive this laughable sense of comfort from distinctly remembering a time before the internet was a household necessity. Somehow I am serendipitous about having had the opportunity to construct my basic schema of human relationships and interactions outside of the WWW. My younger brother was born the day after 9/11 – only a month before my 4th…