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2012, the Internet and the Proliferation of Fear

2012, the Internet and the Proliferation of Fear

‘If men define situations as real, they are real in their consequences’ The Thomas Theorem. Sociologist W.I. Thomas (1863-1947)   December 21st 2012. The date looms, the new era beckons. For a vast number of people spread around the globe this is a significant date signalling the beginning of the...
Addressing the Unease: the Psychopathology of Urban Living

Addressing the Unease: the Psychopathology of Urban Living

This is the latest in a series of articles and illustrations from our new special edition publication New Cartography.  The magazine offers readers a fresh and alternative take on mapping the urban environment through a collection of articles and illustrations from a wide array of contributors. The complete magazine can be viewed here. Since 2007 more...
False Consciousness Redux

False Consciousness Redux

False Consciousness is Still Endemic in Modern Western Society (Chewing at the Bit) ‘In complex societies, the power of organisations to construct social codes is considerable but not overwhelming. The definition of the self and the biological and motivational structures of human action become targets for intervention. The generation of...
False Consciousness

False Consciousness

In my last article Why Do We Work More Than We Live? I introduced the concept of a false consciousness. I suggested that we in the west live according to the tenets of a structure that benefits the few and disenfranchises the mass. Unwittingly, we actively support and perpetuate this...
Why Do We Work More Than We Live?

Why Do We Work More Than We Live?

We in the U.K work the longest hours in Europe. According to a survey by the Office for National Statistics we spend an average of 43 hours a week chained to our desks. Once travelling, sleeping, and preparing and eating food is added on (not to mention the kids!), very...
Learning from the Red Shirts

Learning from the Red Shirts

The stamina of Thailand’s protesters is a lesson to us all… Under the drastic and cavalier cuts made by the ConDems, Britain has witnessed a new age of dissent. Almost every week demonstrators have gathered to protest and occupy buildings. I have been an active member of this and I...