How charging for online content might work

In my previous article, I argued that the problems that are hitting journalism are more to do with the quality of the content than with the fact that it’s difficult to charge for content these days. “Why pay to read Telegraph Digg-bait when you can read BBC churnalism for free?”, I asked. I am sure […]

Rebels turning to the Tories

Erk. I had a big pile of things I wanted to write about. But a lack of time and a mild bout of blog depression have meant I haven’t been updating. I didn’t realise my last post was as long ago as last Wednesday, but there we go. Anyway, before I can get motivated enough […]

Keeping comments under control

Ideas of Civilisation has written a really interesting post about the state of the Scottish blogosphere compared with the dodgy comments that get posted on The Herald‘s website, and the like. The Scottish blogosphere is indeed, by and large, a pretty good place for a debate. Nowadays it is probably dominated a bit too […]

Extremist literature

Am I the only one who thinks that the logo for The Economist‘s audio edition looks like a bomb made out of Economists? (NB. Posts will remain at this low standard until around the 25th. I am currently writing my dissertation, and it is these little things that keep me sane. Yesterday I got really […]

The future of music: pretty boxes

There are only two things in the world that give us absolute total happiness. One is seeing other people fail. The other is unwrapping a newly-bought CD. –Armando Iannucci In the wake of all the upheaval that the recorded music industry is facing, a lot of people have been predicting the death of the CD. […]

Lame new words spread on the internet like a rashr

The internet is said to have made a lot of people’s jobs more difficult. Record company bosses, for instance. Or insurance companies. Or publishers. Surely another should be added to the list: lexicographers. I was thinking the other day about how quickly new words enter everyday vocabulary. Before the internet, language evolved slowly and often […]

Europe’s nipples

I like The Economist. Usually, I particularly like their covers. This week’s cover is meant to depict Europe having a “mid life crisis”. But why did they give her those nipples?! This is just like those mannequins you see in clothes shops. Why do they have nipples? I hardly think it is as if the […]

Why I am not in favour of independence

This is the post about independence that I have been threatening to write for months. I am seriously considering voting SNP at this year’s Scottish Parliament elections. But I will probably stand in the voting booth thinking long and hard about it, with my hand quivering. And it will definitely be only for the constituency […]

Fighting for the right to adopt from bigots

I’m a bit late with this post. It’s old news really, but I still have a few thoughts about this issue of Catholic adoption adoption. I finally got round to reading last week’s edition of The Economist a couple of days ago, and they had a piece about the issue (link requires subscription I’m afraid), […]

Political correctness, formerly known as placenames changing

Still being a cheeky youngster, it often annoys me when people use old names of things that changed ages ago. You know the sort of thing I mean — people who still say West Germany instead of Germany and the European Cup instead of the Champions League. Loads of people still say Czechoslovakia, which particularly […]