How often should we reinvent ourselves? Writing Privacy turned the ripe old age of seven this week, and it’s decision time about whether this becomes the second journal to bite the dust. … More ‘Who would write?’ The seven-year itch
The financial journalist Anthony Hilton says we’re losing something valuable by texting and emailing instead of talking. But does he go too far by suggesting that writing lacks patience, sensitivity, or any understanding of nuance? … More Writing lacks patience, tolerance, sensitivity or nuance. Discuss.
After six years of anonymity here at Writing Privacy, I’ve decided that it’s time to reveal myself. … More An End to Anonymity
This week marked the fourth anniversary of Writing Privacy. Time for a long-overdue makeover, I thought. And perhaps more importantly, time for a change. … More Time For A Change
Part of the reason I’ve written so little here this year is because I’m being read by the people around me. That’s quite unusual. … More Proximity
It feels like the final chapter of my thesis, on Andrew Marvell’s ‘Poetics of Privacy’, has been a traumatic experience. Not simply because writing by day and by night on different subjects is gruelling, but because the private internal negotiations that Marvell constantly faced and the impossibility of choice he so often found himself with leave a man permanently trapped in a life that offers so little solace and almost nothing except a desperate rush towards the end. … More Broken Dreams
Ideally, we want our lives to lead upwards trajectories. When somebody hits particular heights for themselves, they struggle to contemplate living within or below that potential. That’s the intricate psychology of accomplishment. … More New Horizons
A few concerned observations on what media revolutions in the 1640s and 2000s mean for ‘friendship’. … More Media Revolutions and “Friends”
Regular users of social media networks will no doubt have noticed – if their friends lists are anything like mine – that politics is again becoming a very public sport. Yesterday, a referendum was held on whether to adopt the ‘Alternative Vote’ system, turning social networking sites into moral and ideological crusades. … More A Vote of No: Social Media and Sacrifices
Learning some useful lessons about how titles and relevance can boost blogging. … More What’s in a title? Can more be made out of the same?