John Maher

Much of the discussion of the impact of the internet on defamation law is framed around what life was like before it was invented. Yet anyone of colle(...)

Burning at the stake: it took a long time for humanity to learn it was not necessary to persecute people on the basis of their beliefs. Photograph: National Gallery of Ireland

The philosopher Nicolas de Condorcet believed in progress. Looking around him in late 18th-century France, he saw improvement everywhere, a trend he t(...)

We are, it is said, swimming in The Shallows . The title of Nicholas Carr’s 2011 book became(...)

‘It’s a bit addictive. If someone puts something bogus up you can go on and prove him wrong and get into a debate. If you win, you think, I’ve got (...)