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“Cult objects”: Headphones

“Cult objects”: Headphones

Inanimate objects, do you have a soul? asked the poet. If they have a soul, it is ours. This is what the semiologist Roland Barthes demonstrated in his Mythologies , published in 1957. The intellectual indeed studied there the objects and the popular rites which revealed the spirit of an era and the collective affects of the country, thus […] … learn more→

7 ways to spot polarizing language — how to choose responsibly what to amplify online or in-person

7 ways to spot polarizing language — how to choose responsibly what to amplify online or in-person

Words have consequences. They can make us feel love, anger, fear, hope. Those emotions, depending on how strongly they’re felt, can incite actions. Communication scholars, ancient rhetoricians, legal scholars and psychologists have all studied some of the most basic pathways along which words do their work — how love is sustained in lasting relationships, how political leaders rally troops to war, […] … learn more→

Tact, virtue of the pedagogue

Tact, virtue of the pedagogue

Tact is primitively the sense of touch. It is not only through what we discover the tangible properties of a thing (its fluidity, softness, hardness, shape, temperature, dryness or humidity), it is also sensitivity, it is that is, touching the thing. Unlike sight, which is a sense of distance, it requires contact. In a second sense, which […] … learn more→

Perks of online spell checking

Perks of online spell checking

Proofreading is probably one of the most important parts of writing. As a lot of professional writers often say, “writing is rewriting.” It then follows that how effective you are with proofreading greatly effects how proficient you are as a writer. However, proofreading your own work can sometimes be tedious when done unaided, especially when […] … learn more→

Setting up your website right, the first time

Setting up your website right, the first time

In today’s fast-paced and technology driven environment, having a website for your business is absolutely essential. Whether you are just starting your start-up, or running an established business, not having a website, or having one that is poorly designed, can be a giant obstacle to growing your business. More often than not, companies have to […] … learn more→

These 3 words are the telltale sign of a rubbish script

There are actually, in my experience, two giveaways for crummy screenplays or teleplays. The first is the extent to which characters address each other by name. If  you’re writing dialogue with no ear for actual speech, it sort of makes sense to put down lines like “This isn’t about the money, Brian,” or “I long […] … learn more→

Wordsmith Bingo

My Facebook (and actual) friend Gene Seymour posted this the other day: Some 40 years ago, Wilfrid Sheed began his post-mortem for Cyril Connolly by asking who the best living writer of English prose is now. His pal John Leonard made a case for Malcolm Muggeridge while Sheed tossed out such eminences of the era […] … learn more→

Won’t you guess my name?

I didn’t know I was named for the devil until I studied on an exchange program in Belgium. There, I would be introduced as “Mademoiselle Luci Férriss,” and the people who had begun stretching out their hands would recoil. “Lucifer!” they exclaimed more than once. “Why would your parents have saddled you with such a […] … learn more→