Nomophobia and technology

I decided to write this post after a confluence of events, of which Al Jazeera’s news item on nomophobia  was decisive. Webster’s dictionary defines nomophobia as a pathological fear or dread of not having one’s mobile phone Now, this is both sad but true for, at least, myself; and, given the fact that it is in Webster’s…

Snippet: The environmental impact of the Internet

I am not a hippy or a Green Peace activist, but I have been becoming more and more aware of the Internet’s impact, now that I have been reading about it. Though this is not my prime interest, I do think it would be worth looking into some of the consequences of the use of the…

Morozov, the Internet and Syria’s regime

I started reading Evgeny Morozov’s book “The Net Delusion” (though my version has an ugly cat on the front cover) yesterday. The first chapter starts off with Iran ‘Twitter Revolution’ in 2009, where Morozov criticises this notion on the grounds that in fact in Iran 1. Ahmadinejad got elected, rendering all the positive news about…

Evgeny Morozov – an Internet skeptic’s view

I have been reading a couple of articles from Evgeny Morozov, and I listened to him on Al Jazeera’s Listening Post and (Dutch) VPRO’s Tegenlicht. And he strikes me as interesting due to his very critical standing on the notion that the Internet can solve all our problems. More interestingly, he also is sceptical of the role…