Katherine Maher, executive director at the Wikimedia Foundation discusses how Wikipedia went from a site loaded with errors and false information to the world’s trusted open encyclopedia. Through the process of constant self improvement and a dedication to ensuring accurate information, Wikipedia shows that sorting fact from fiction is a much easier job than has been made out from public figures such as Hillary Clinton … Continue reading Wikipedia Proves Fake News Hysteria is Bullsh*t
It’s an addiction. A stimulation we crave. Yet it can really inhibit the quality of our lives and ability to focus on hard tasks. Most of us would admit we spend way too much time aimlessly drifting through newsfeeds but how do we beat it? Author Charles Duhigg believes we must treat it like any other ingrained habit. Accept that we have a dependency and slowly … Continue reading How to Stop Wasting Your Days on Facebook
In this extraordinary clip Dr. Dan Siegel, clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine reveals how social media is actually physically rewiring our brains. The addictive nature of social media has become starkly apparent as anyone who takes public transport will be aware. Yet its capacity to manipulate and reshape our brains is something not often discussed and something parents should be particularly … Continue reading How Social Media is Shaping Our Thought Patterns
Mel Robbins in this interview for Impact Theory explains why she believes motivation to be a debilitating concept which holds people back. She argues that people get fixated with the idea that “one day” they will do the things they really want to do and all that is missing is courage and motivation. In reality however, it will always be difficult to do things which create … Continue reading Stop Thinking You Need Motivation.
Simon Sinek explores the reasons why Millenials are getting a bad reputation. From growing up with a toxic addiction to social media to the sense of entitlement which is cultivated in today’s youth through instant gratification and pampering. This talk is a riveting insight into the potential damage of overuse of social media at a young age and poses some stark questions about how young … Continue reading Why Millennials Can’t be Happy
Owen Jones interviews Dutch writer Rudger Bregman on his new book “Utopia for realists”. This is a riveting discussion on the idea of utopia. Is it a dangerous concept? Or can it be used to reboot the welfare model of capitalism and shape a better global future? Continue reading Are we closer to a Utopia than we think?
Vlogging (video-blogging) and vloggers have taken the internet by storm and garnered massive followings across social media. However this video questions whether they are both corrosive for the creator and the audience. Vlogs, while presented as organic diary entries of a person’s life are always artificial. They are edited and tailored to an audience and not an accurate presentation of one’s actual life. The danger, … Continue reading Why Watching Vlogs Can Destroy Your Mental Health
Zizek is one of the most profound and thought provoking commentators on modern issues. From Vulture Capitalism to cultural integration he attempts to tackles some of our world’s toughest problems. In this piece he discusses alternatives to capitalism and the institutions that are in place to stifle any meaningful change or improvement. Continue reading Why Are There No Alternatives To Capitalism?
Tim Wu, Professor at Columbia Law School discusses the basic biology behind social media attachment. Highlighting the psychological impulses based on the element of surprise, not knowing what’s going to happen next as well as the gratification involved with sharing and having posts ‘liked’. This is a riveting biological and psychological assessment which is important to understand in the smartphone age. A full Transcript can … Continue reading Why You Are Addicted to Social Media (It’s no Accident)
Stanford Law & Political Science professor Francis Fukuyama discusses the ways in which the institutions of the 20th century Churches, Political Parties & Corporations have lost the trust of the general public. Recognizing the significance of technology, Fukuyama argues this has made the malpractices from institutions more visible and accessible to the public. He further ponders the consequences of instant media on societal cohesion. Can … Continue reading Why Public Confidence in Institutions is Eroding – Stanford Professor