Recensie Manfred Spitzer – Digitale dementie (2013)

De Telegraaf publiceerde vandaag een artikel over het nieuwste boek van Manfred Spitzer, die alarm slaat over het gebruik bij kinderen van digitale media. Ik heb het boek niet gelezen, maar wel een van Spitzers vorige werken. In 2013 schreef ik daar een lange recensie over, in mijn toenmalige kanaal bij De Nieuwe Pers. Die bestaat niet meer, maar de recensie is nog altijd relevant. Spitzer is als wetenschapper namelijk maar moeilijk te vertrouwen.By popular demand hieronder een ‘herdruk’. Lees verder

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Interview with William Binney, whistleblower

Bill Binney had tried to make the National Security Agency adopt a surveillance programme that respected privacy. After leaving the agency disillusioned, he became a public and vocal critic of his former employer. The math genius says the NSA has a ‘data hoarding disorder’. ‘We were subverting our democracy. I couldn’t be a part of that.’

Read the interview on the Movies that Matter website.

UK’s first comics professor shows long road ahead for recognition of comics as art form

While many professors feature in comics, there are few comics professors in real life.
While many professors feature in comics, there are few comics professors in real life.

Could one imagine the Independent writing a news report under the headline “University offers doctorate in filmmaking”? Or the Telegraph writing: “Picasso expert becomes professor of painting”?

Probably not, I assume because the country already has such educational opportunities and professors available. It would most likely not qualify as news. However, many readers probably did not question the editorial choice by the papers to publish reports about Lancaster University’s appointment of Benoit Peeters as “the UK’s first visiting professor of graphic fiction and comic art”, last November.

Think about that. Lees verder