Alfie Bown

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Use Your Imagination

(0) Comments | Posted August 7, 2013 | 9:55 AM


The above is a familiar command, which immediately conjures up the subject positions involved: the well-meaning parent and the obstinate child. But what does this injunction entail, and how do we follow it?

Does not the fact that the statement is a command already...

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Coke Zero and Pepsi Max: 'Air Is Part of the Recipe'

(0) Comments | Posted July 30, 2013 | 10:28 AM

Jacques Lacan at the start of his seminar on The Ethics of Psychoanalysis states that desire 'is always desire in the second degree, desire of desire.' He then discusses how 'the value of a thing is [in] its desirability[;] the point is to know if it is worthy of being...

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Autocorrect Fails And The History Of Literature

(5) Comments | Posted July 4, 2013 | 5:54 AM


A popular entertainment on the Internet is the 'autocorrect fail' compilation, capitalizing on the tendency of smart phones to automatically 'correct' otherwise innocuous text messages into absurd and often obscene nonsense. A graduate is directed to look for his college diploma in...

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What Does Angry Birds Say About Us!?

(0) Comments | Posted July 4, 2013 | 5:23 AM


The mobile phone game sensation Angry Birds needs little introduction. Released in 2009, the game has sold (including free versions funded by advertising) clear of 1.7 billion copies across mobiles, video game consoles, laptops and PCs. To put that in context, the...

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Does it Really Make a Difference Whether it Was James Gandolfini or Tony Soprano Who Died?

(0) Comments | Posted July 3, 2013 | 8:33 AM

'Death' seems to be the most common word applied to the natural. Even 'birth' is less broadly applicable to natural processes: a flower is not 'born,' the seed is planted and it grows. A fire is not 'born,' it is lit or it is started. But flowers die, flames die...

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