Friday, April 28, 2017 | RECENT NOTES

Story of the week: meteorite

We found this news story while eating breakfast on March 25, in The Times of India, when we stayed in Pondicherry.

Briefly: an explosion blew a woman out of her house in Thurinjikuppam, and the experts who arrived declared that her gas pipe had a fracture and meteorites had played no part in the event.


Story of the week: fat-shamed

This story appeared in the main news section of the Hindustan Times on March 18, while we stayed in Kochi.

The story interests me, not because of the alleged fat-shaming, but because it consists of a series of non-sequitors that end in complete bathos. Briefly: an overweight policeman who suffered from an impolite tweet has now had a minor and unconnected urinary tract infection and “will be on oral medication for the next five days”.


Sunday, April 23, 2017 | THERE WE WERE


Sunday, July 11, 2004 | ESSAYS

Ghost Towns & Virtual Worlds

This paper is a sketch of a problem that has arisen during the course of teaching multimedia to undergraduate students – a problem that has seemed to demand a philosophical approach. I will describe the problem and then indicate the ways we have been attempting to solve it. I am very aware that our approaches may, in many ways, be philosophically naïve, and I do not apologise for that.

It was delivered at the sixth annual conference of the Society for Phenomenology & Media, held in May 2004 at Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah.