The Masked Singer: designed to make us hunger in our hearts for something the physical world can’t provide

I am now going to write an essay in which I argue that celebrity talent show The Masked Singer (Saturday, Virgin Media 1) is a Baudrillardian deconstr(...)

The competition for workers’ loyalty might not be industry peers but friends and family. Photograph:  Getty Images/iStockphoto

The real competition for Netflix, according to its chief executive Reed Hastings is not broadcasters or streaming services – but sleep. “You get a sho(...)

In pre-industrial Britain, the wealthy elite were defined by their ability to not work but live off land rents and capital investments. Illustration: CSA/Digital Vision/iStock/Getty

In every job he has ever had, Gavin has shirked. When he worked in a call centre, he would mute the phone, rather than answer it. When he worked in a (...)

Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins 2021. Photograph: Pete Dadds/Channel 4

I am watching Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins (Sunday, Channel 4), although I’m pretty sure the SAS’s famous catchphrase has recently been changed to “G(...)

A figure illustrating the polyhedral pattern (a truncated octahedron)  within coronavirus

Euclid’s Elements was the first major work to organise mathematics as an axiomatic system. Starting from a set of clearly stated and self-evident trut(...)

Participants at an anti-lockdown protest in Dublin last August. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Coronavirus conspiracy theories may have started out as a joke, but they now threaten to derail the global fight against the pandemic. Vaccine hesitan(...)

Normal People’s Marianne (Daisy Edgar Jones) and Connell (Paul Mescal). Photograph: Enda Bowe/ Element Pictures

For a lot of us TV had to do a lot of heavy lifting to replace family, friends and outdoor activities. I initially feel obliged to add “this year” to (...)

One of the many ways of looking at who voted and why reveals that very poor and very rich people were more likely to be Trump voters. Photograph: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP

The slicing and dicing of the data has begun but will the right lessons be learned? The fundamental question, “will Trumpism survive Trump?”, is alrea(...)

Ludwig Wittgenstein was the ‘philosophical hero’ of the Vienna Circle and laid the foundations of analytic philosophy, the dominant Anglo-American school of thought of the past century. Photogragh: Hulton Archive

If the influence of philosophical works could be measured on a word-for-word basis, Ludwig Wittgenstein’s Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus is possibly t(...)

What does being made in God’s image mean if not that, by giving us intelligence, God made us mini-creators who could and should rule our own world?

India is one of the countries hardest-hit by Covid-19 with more than four million recorded cases and 74,000 deaths. The Indian Catholic Bishops Confer(...)

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