Category Archives: Social Curiosity

What Graffiti and Law Agree Upon

I was recently gawking from my balcony at the passers-by on the street, surveying my goober domain and I noticed a large, hastily scrawled piece of graffiti on the nearby clothing factory. “Breaking the law is the only way to … Continue reading

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And a Bottle of Rum: Why People Become Bloodthirsty Pirates

“It’s impossible to compete with free.” says interim president of the MPAA Bob Pisano in an article on Ars Technica. This statement, while punchy and beneficial to the cause of anti-piracy groups worldwide, implies an identical product or service is … Continue reading

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The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

I was recently introduced to Omar Khayyam in a book by Christpher Hitchens, The Portable Atheist. I have since fallen in love with it as a kind of tome to the ’empty’ yet enviable grave of the pleasure-seeking atheist. Omar … Continue reading

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Fallacies of Pleasure and Good

A C Grayling, in his 2007 philosophical signpost, The Choice of Hercules, writes that John Stuart Mill was greatly (and perhaps rightly) criticised for defining a difference between ‘higher’ and ‘lower’ pleasures. The ‘good life’, Grayling posits, is a delicate … Continue reading

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The Ancient Roman Businessman and the modern literate masses

The printing press with movable type was first established as a new technology by one Johannes Gutenberg in Germany in the 15th century. With a few notable exceptions (including its having been banned and initially punishable by death throughout the … Continue reading

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Top-hats, Pig Fat and Big Macs: Appreciating the Finer Things in Life

In 1986, an opening of a McDonald’s franchise in Italy prompted a group of enthusiasts for local food culture and tradition preservation to take action; they resisted it mightily and subsequently, in 1989, formed a movement called ‘Slow Food‘. The … Continue reading

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Islamic Outrage and Mark Zuckerberg

In a talk given in October, Patrick Chappatte spoke emphatically about the emergent power of political cartooning. To highlight his point, he drew our attention to an image called ‘Pandora’s Pen’, where a cartoonist’s sketch leaps from the page to … Continue reading

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