Making Meaning Around the World

What does a book mean in Cuba? A cell phone in Iran? What do the millions of miles of fibreoptic cable wound round the earth mean to you, to me? How are those meanings changing? How are our changing tools changing our world? Changing us? These questions concern artists in every corner of the world,…Read more Making Meaning Around the World

Ottawa’s Feral Choir : skyrrxifliggrzbtnmlif

Thanks Max. Thanks Phil. Max is Max Middle, poetic curator, and Phil is Phil Minton, veteran vocal confabulator from the land beyond the sea and maestro of Ottawa's briefly resplendent Feral Choir, which I was part of, one of 25 growling, howling vocalists in sensible shoes. (Nikes in my case. Phil wore Chinese slippers.)  We…Read more Ottawa’s Feral Choir : skyrrxifliggrzbtnmlif

Index of first 50 posts on “You Are Your Media” blog

Hi. This post lists and links to my first 50 posts on this blog, indexing 50 brief critical essays on contemporary media culture. Topics include The Leveson Inquiry, Occupy Wall Street, Privacy, Music, Food, Economics and more. Try one. 1. Happy Birth Day! my blog is born 2. Gifts and Books, Books and Gifts books as…Read more Index of first 50 posts on “You Are Your Media” blog

Global Freezing

It occurs to me that if the result of climate change was 'global freezing' rather than 'global warming' we'd be paying a LOT more attention to it. If instead of recent years being the hottest on record they were the coldest, people would be sitting up and taking notice. People don't like the cold. A…Read more Global Freezing

Know Your Media Know Your Self

A few weeks ago I gave a talk at the Toronto Reference Library as part of an excellent series called Treehouse Talks. It was a lovely event, attended by about 100 people and held in the spectacular 5-story atrium of the library. I gave an updated version of the talk that I call Know Your…Read more Know Your Media Know Your Self

Spider Eggs & Criminality @ The National Gallery of Canada

Yesterday I spent a couple of hours at the National Gallery of Canada, where I have often been before. As I strode up Safdie's long cerebral ramp (a place not to dream but to trip and crack your skull, splashes of sacrificial red blood worth the pain perhaps to bring this mausoleum to life) I…Read more Spider Eggs & Criminality @ The National Gallery of Canada

Digital Kiss

A few months ago I did a music and poetry gig at Casa el Popolo in Montreal, a club I have previously written about in another post, as part of Ian Ferrier's Words and Music series. Fortunately Zoe Toupin happened to be there videotaping, and as a result I have now got a few new…Read more Digital Kiss