Archive for December 2010

Lennon vs Bono

By Mark Engler Effective celebrity activists use their fame to bring attention and credibility to legitimate representatives of social movements. That, in a nutshell, is my standard of celebrity activism done right. Ineffective celebrity activists…well, they do all sorts of… Read More ›

The Ethical Governor

This from John Butler a Glasgow based digital animator. John is fascinated by ‘the long war’ between humans and finance, which he sees today as people battle with processes such as Government cuts. His latest piece explores drone ethics. More on John’s work… Read More ›

Solstice Sunday

By Mhairi McGregor The papers are snowtastic this weekend, informing us helpfully that it’s er, been snowing. It had passed me by here in sunny Dee. But buried beneath the fall is the crumbling political elite. The Sunday Times (who’s… Read More ›

Mobs and Monarchs

By The Heckler On 29 October 1795, George III was on his way to open Parliament, when his carriage was surrounded by a crowd calling for ‘peace’, ‘bread’, ‘no war’ and ‘no King’. The elaborate carriage (it had been in… Read More ›

Wikileaks 101

Wikileaks Julian Assange interviewed on TED by Chris Anderson, very good background on the project, how it works and a sense of Assange as a person (thanks to Mike for this). Warning this includes horrific coverage of US attacks in… Read More ›

Ke Garne?

By Peter Thomson What to do? – as my Nepali friends would say. Sitting here in SW Scotland, dogs around my feet, Aga keeping me warm it crossed my mind that we Scots are in the same position as my… Read More ›

The Big Chill

By Joe Middleton In a way, Christmas has come early this year.  After all, every year we have “White Christmas”, “Let it Snow” and other such tinsel trash inflicted on us in November and December on a regular basis. Not… Read More ›

Gruniad’s Demise

By Mike Small The Guardian matters in a way that few other newspapers do. It’s got history, gravitas and crucially it cracked its online presence from the start and has been steadily whooping everybody’s new media-asses ever since. Democracy Now… Read More ›