Culture

Long Read 24 May

Privacy and collective attention deficit disorder

But, really, was this about democracy, freedom and rights? Or was it simply the market for voyeuristic satisfaction, tawdry self-publicity and self-aggrandisement in motion? The mob doesn’t think I’m sur…

Long Read 27 March

Are brands assuming the mantle of quasi nation states?

Over the past 18 months or so, I’ve become fascinated by the apparent parallels between the dynamics of nation state building and statecraft, and the transnational behaviour and attributes of global a…

Long Read 15 June

Waving not drowning (and other cliches)

In fact, at the risk of peaking in admiration too soon, I’d suggest that Wave is at least as significant as the printing press. That’s because Google has not just created a whizz-bang application her…

Long Read 28 March

Nostalgia and the brand consequences of Blitz spirit

Familiarity breeds content: There appears to be a general hankering for a future that mirrors the in-it-together-leave-your-backdoor-open-all-day aura that surrounds late/post-war Britain (think…