What can the Zombie Apocalypse teach us about ourselves? [Video]

Like war stories, like disaster films, like any kind of narrative that revolts and scares yet also delights us, the Zombie Apocalypse offers a laboratory for observing human emotion and experience.
Like war stories, like disaster films, like any kind of narrative that revolts and scares yet also delights us, the Zombie Apocalypse offers a laboratory for observing human emotion and experience. [More]

The life of culture

Does culture really have a life of its own? Are cultural trends, fashions, ideas, and norms like organisms, evolving and weaving our minds and bodies into an ecological web? You hear a pop song a
Does culture really have a life of its own? Are cultural trends, fashions, ideas, and norms like organisms, evolving and weaving our minds and bodies into an ecological web? You hear a pop song a [More]

“Challenging change” – extract from A Foot in the River

We are a weird species. Like other species, we have a culture. But by comparison with other species, we are strangely unstable: human cultures self-transform, diverge, and multiply with bewildering
We are a weird species. Like other species, we have a culture. But by comparison with other species, we are strangely unstable: human cultures self-transform, diverge, and multiply with bewildering [More]

The Twee tribe

The twee sensibility – think ukuleles and Wes Anderson – claims to celebrate beauty and goodness. Don’t be fooled…
The twee sensibility – think ukuleles and Wes Anderson – claims to celebrate beauty and goodness. Don’t be fooled… [More]

IAI Conversation on Irony and Understanding

With the ever-increasing number of voices trying to be heard, artists and critics are working harder than ever to differentiate themselves. Their tactics range from the outrageous to the sublime. The use of irony is one of those ways. But is the modern use of irony constructive or does it simply tear down people and ideas. This IAI conversation considers these questions and more. [More]

Culture and internet

People who want to make a living in arts and letters are screwed. It’s a sad fact worthy of attention. It’s also not at all unsurprising…
People who want to make a living in arts and letters are screwed. It’s a sad fact worthy of attention. It’s also not at all unsurprising… [More]

Philosophy in a Clown Suit

“I never say what I believe and I never believe what I say,” declared Machiavelli. “If I sometimes say the truth, I conceal it among lies”…
“I never say what I believe and I never believe what I say,” declared Machiavelli. “If I sometimes say the truth, I conceal it among lies”… [More]

Rereading ‘Culture and Anarchy.’

Matthew Arnold’s culture war–and ours. The mutton-chopped prophet of high culture lost his battle with the forces of anarchy. It’s our loss, too…
Matthew Arnold’s culture war–and ours. The mutton-chopped prophet of high culture lost his battle with the forces of anarchy. It’s our loss, too… [More]

On the cultural ideology of Big Data

Big Data was supposed to eliminate bias, make theories obsolete, and usher in a new Enlightenment. Still waiting…
Big Data was supposed to eliminate bias, make theories obsolete, and usher in a new Enlightenment. Still waiting… [More]

Will Self on literary culture

Paeans to the printed word – scent, feel, heft – change nothing. Face facts: The book is in retreat, and along with it literary culture as we know it…
Paeans to the printed word – scent, feel, heft – change nothing. Face facts: The book is in retreat, and along with it literary culture as we know it… [More]