F.O.M.O: lit. ‘the fear of missing out’. In practice, it is an almost unconscious compulsion to repeatedly check our social media streams for updates from others, so that we are constantly informed of what is happening in the virtual world. It is part of the reason why we spend increasing amounts of time on social media. … More Switching Off: Adventures without F.O.M.O
Social media has profoundly changed the way in which we express our views about current affairs. It is far easier than ever before to make our voices heard. This, however, has drastically reduced the quality of any online debate that we have. Much of the discourse we now have is no longer meaningful. The multitude … More The Empty Noise of Online Debate
Did you know that the word ‘bants’ has now been added to the Oxford English Dictionary? When I first read this online, I initially thought it was someone’s poor attempt at some ‘bants’ (banter, in other words). I have always held dictionaries to be compendia of the most used words in the serious and formal … More The Uncertain Boundaries of Modern English
I am afraid that at this point, I must disappoint all those who only expected highly serious and philosophical posts on this blog. What might be even more shocking to some is that just two whole months before my exams, I took some time out to watch a film. The film in question? Bollywood’s new … More Detective Byomkesh Bakshy: India’s Answer to Sherlock?
The close proximity of this post to my last one reminds one of the proverbial London bus: you wait a long time for one, then two come at once. You’ll be glad to know that you don’t need an Oyster card to read this. The topic may seem rather trivial to those who have read … More Film Reviews
I think I should start this post with an apology of sorts: I was intending to post again shortly after my last one, but I’ve been bogged down with things that other people have deemed to be ‘incredibly useful’. You can probably tell that I don’t agree. Social media is taking over our lives. Fact. … More The Social Media Demon