Too much screen time, or too many screens?

New research has been published on how teenagers and parents feel about the amount of time they’re on their devices. How teens and parents navigate screen time and device distractions Amid roiling debates about the impact of screen time on teenagers, roughly half of those ages 13 to 17 are themselves worried they spend too … Continue reading “Too much screen time, or too many screens?”

Screen time questions

It’s long been understood that all these screens are changing how we’re interacting with each other. But are parents over-reacting a little? The touch-screen generation By their pinched reactions, these parents illuminated for me the neurosis of our age: as technology becomes ubiquitous in our lives, American parents are becoming more, not less, wary of what … Continue reading “Screen time questions”

Working – and living – within screens

Surely, once everything’s back to normal, we can stop bothering with Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Google Meets and so on. But, as the first of these two Guardian articles explain, there are plenty of other companies out there — Mozilla Hubs, Gather, Wonder for instance — who are hoping that, not only will we continue to … Continue reading “Working – and living – within screens”

Kids and screens

There’s a lot of talk about today’s children oversharing on social media. But what kind of example are the parents setting? When kids realize their whole life is already online While many kids may not yet have accounts themselves, their parents, schools, sports teams, and organizations have been curating an online presence for them since … Continue reading “Kids and screens”

Watching the time go by, together

I’m embarrassed to admit this is the first I’ve heard of this remarkable piece of video art. Christian Marclay’s The Clock, from 2010, is at Tate Modern till January. The Clock review – ‘The longer you watch it, the more addictive it becomes’When the screen says 8.23, I check my phone and find it’s telling … Continue reading “Watching the time go by, together”

One space or two? One! Every time!

This has been a bone of contention between me and my better half for a while now. She was trained as a touch-typist back in the Twentieth century. I wasn’t. One space between each sentence, they said. Science just proved them wrong.The rules of spacing have been wildly inconsistent going back to the invention of the … Continue reading “One space or two? One! Every time!”

The TV times are a-changing

A potentially depressing look at the impact that new television technologies are having on family life. The end of watching TV as a family For the first time, children aged five to 16 are more likely to watch programmes and videos on devices such as laptops and mobile phones, rather than on television screens. It … Continue reading “The TV times are a-changing”

From scroll to screen

The Mechanic Muse — From Scroll to Screen The codex also came with a fringe benefit: It created a very different reading experience. With a codex, for the first time, you could jump to any point in a text instantly, nonlinearly. You could flip back and forth between two pages and even study them both … Continue reading “From scroll to screen”

School’s out, for summer?

So yesterday, two weeks before the scheduled end of the term, kids across the country had their last school day. An early end to the term. An end to the school year? Coronavirus: how to help children through isolation and lockdown – The Conversation The UK has become the latest country to close schools in … Continue reading “School’s out, for summer?”

How much is too much?

Screentime, I mean. I know I’ve asked this more than once or twice before, but the answer still seems to be ‘it depends’. Take this article, for example, on the trend for music concerts to impose a no phones rule. It sounds eminently sensible. The simple joy of “No Phones Allowed” The no-phones policy illuminated something … Continue reading “How much is too much?”

Are we doing the right thing?

As a parent of teenagers, I worry about this topic a lot. What do we actually know about the risks of screen time and digital media? The lumping of everything digital into a monolith is a framing that makes Oxford Internet Institute psychologist Andrew Przybylski groan. “We don’t talk about food time,” he points out. … Continue reading “Are we doing the right thing?”

A tale of two (or 1,001?) Warhols

Imagine finding millions of dollars in your garage. Rock Legend Alice Cooper is selling the Warhol he forgot he owned—then found in his garage – The Art NewspaperCooper rediscovered the silkscreen—which had been given to him by his girlfriend, Cindy Lang, “during some crazy years”—a few years ago, rolled up in a tube in his … Continue reading “A tale of two (or 1,001?) Warhols”

All very meh-ta

After last month’s speculation about Facebook’s attention deflecting rebrand, Mark is ploughing ahead with his metaverse plans and has plumped for Meta. The Facebook company is now Meta – MetaThe metaverse will feel like a hybrid of today’s online social experiences, sometimes expanded into three dimensions or projected into the physical world. It will let … Continue reading “All very meh-ta”

Think ahead, but not too far

It’s a good time for spaced-based sci-fi at the moment, with the latest Dune and Foundation adaptations on screens of various sizes. The former seems to be making a bigger impact than the latter, though. This article from the Long Now folks suggests a reason why. “Dune,” “Foundation,” and the allure of science fiction that … Continue reading “Think ahead, but not too far”

Looking back at the cybercafés of the future

Everything innovative and cutting-edge is destined to become quaint and old-fashioned — from cassettes, DVDs and mobile phones, to laptops and the web itself, even. Looking back at the internet of the 90s, it’s easy to forget how revolutionary and necessary cybercafés once were. Introducing the crazy new world of cybercafes – CNET: YouTube“What happens … Continue reading “Looking back at the cybercafés of the future”

Nothing on TV?

Similar to Voleflix but with less actual content, here’s a new streaming service for when you’re after something a little more meta. NestflixWelcome to Nestflix, the platform for your favorite nested films and shows. Fictional movies within movies? Got ‘em. Fake shows within shows? You bet. Browse our selection of over 400 stories within stories. … Continue reading “Nothing on TV?”

A secret photographer #3

Not quite sure why, but I found myself wondering what Audrey Tautou, the star of Amélie, is up to these days. Yes, she’s still working as an actress, but has also found another outlet for her creativity. Here’s a hint from a 2008 interview, ostensibly promoting a rom-com she starred in at the time. ‘It … Continue reading “A secret photographer #3”

Big cats in Japan

A hyperrealistic giant meowing 3D calico cat on a billboard towers over Tokyo’s busy Shinjuku Station – Laughing SquidThis giant feline wakes up at 7 AM and interacts with the public until 1 AM. This includes meowing, stretching and moving toward the edge of the billboard in between other visual advertisements on the giant screen. … Continue reading “Big cats in Japan”

Version numbers and default fonts

Can’t really get excited about a new version of Windows, no matter how much the Google News algorithm thing wants to push it at me. Microsoft looks ready to launch Windows 11 – The VergeIt’s not long until we find out whether Microsoft is ready to dial the version number of Windows up to 11. … Continue reading “Version numbers and default fonts”

Reading: the how, what and why

Across three essays for Literary Hub, one of my favourite authors, Will Self, ponders big, bookish questions. Will Self: How should we read? In praise of literary promiscuity in the digital age – Literary HubTo read promiscuously is to comprehend the caresses of one work in the arms of another—and the promiscuous reader is a … Continue reading “Reading: the how, what and why”