Growing up with the internet

It is notoriously hard to get to grips with the youth. Advertisers hate it. The age group of 15–24 — of which, incidentally, I am still part — is notoriously fickle. They define themselves almost in terms of what they are not rather than what they are. That is the explanation being given to the […]

Defending a twit’s table manners

A word on the important matter of Twitter etiquette. Of course, Twitter itself is full of its own little rules and norms. But now it seems that there is a need for social norms to develop so that we know when it is acceptable to update Twitter. I find myself once again on the side […]

Spelling B******

This week a university lecturer, Ken Smith, suggested that spelling “mistakes” should be accepted as variants. This has upset Ideas of Civilisation and Colin Campbell among others. I side with Ken Smith on this occasion though. I hate spelling mistakes and love to point them out. Only yesterday I saw a greengrocers’ apostrophe and instinctively […]

Makeshift semaphore makes me out of touch

Well, university is starting up again and today I had to go in to Edinburgh to see my Director of Studies. Essentially, I had to make the whole journey just so that he could basically click my name on his computer screen to confirm that I am indeed still me. Anyway, this meant that I […]