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The Streets is Watching: Blood on the Walls of North Kensington

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Street art is the medium of anonymous resistance, messages of resistance. It is done to show that whatever the official story, the streets is watching and people know what is going on – sgraffiti means ‘scribblings’ (from the Italian sgraffio, to scratch) something that goes back at least to ancient Rome. On the streets of my home town, London aphorisms such as ‘Rich Man’s War, Poor Man’s Fight’ and ‘Contentment is a Valuable Life Skill’ challenge dominant consumerist discourses and provoke us to think.

Artificial Intelligence and Society

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Last night I was invited to the BBC Blue Room Artificial intelligence and Society event at the Radio Theatre at Broadcasting House. I met the Blue Room team through through a teaching gig at Warwick University. I wanted to attend, partly because I am interested in the influence digital technology is having on us right now (particularly in the context of mindfulness and well being) see Why McLuhan Was Right: http://www.creativesemiotics.co.uk/blog/2017/05/, partly because I'm writing a novel set in the future with some strong AI characters and partly, I admit because I'd love to do more work applying my thinking in this area.

What does being working class mean to you?

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What does being working class mean to you?

I'm not working class except in the sense that I work very hard.

I do think the whole notion of the working class, 'lower class' obviously has pejorative connotation, proletariat has very ideological connotations and I do think that whole thing's been reconfigured because there's a lot of people that grew up with a university education, all the kind of accoutrements or privileges but who still work fucking hard.

The Bear and the Barron: Visual Rhetoric in the Frame in Trump’s Victory Speech

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The impression made by Donald Trump’s victory speech in the early morning of Wednesday 9th November was less terrifying than many people had expected. In the speech, he was conciliatory towards Hillary Clinton, he was apparently respectful towards dissenters and he pledged to be a President for ‘all Americans’. However, if the speech made an impression on me watching befuddled at 7am that morning on my phone, it wasn’t just his words that landed – it was something else at the periphery of my vision. A blonde homunculus on the tycoon’s right fidgeting and looking uncomfortable, like a cross between a Macauley Culkin and Little Lord Fauntleroy (don’t order the extrajudicial killing yet, Donald, it’s meant as compliment!).

Are you #Vegcurious?

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We launched #vegcurious on DoItDay yesterday Thursday 10th November at the IBM building, a day of marketing initiatives curated by The Drum live in both London and New York City. We officially launched the #vegcurious campaign during the event at the IBM building and Tweeted the #vegcurious hashtag out to food retailers, restaurants and mens’ interest websites.

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