Marshall McLuhan: Not only did he read Finnegans Wake in full, it inspired one  of his own defining works. Photograph: Michel Laurent/ Getty Images

To a general audience, the Canadian media theorist Marshall McLuhan (1911–1980) is now best remembered, if at all, for a few pithy phrases. He predict(...)

Prof José Van Dijck of Utrecht University: ‘There is hardly any public space, or ‘public good’ sense, in the internet system’.

Scientists are bemoaning a loss of trust in expertise but spare a thought for the lowly journalist. Surveys show trust in science has not plummeted. I(...)

Ukip leader Gerard Batten: his Border knowledge needs a little brushing up. Photograph: Leon Neal/Getty Images

The English have been getting stuff wrong about Ireland again. Earlier this week, Gerard Batten, an MEP for Ukip, made an effort to downplay the kerfu(...)

Jordan B Peterson: “offering something other than ironic, hipsterish nihilism with a side order of avocado toast”.

It reflects how polarised our age has become that Jordan B Peterson, a Canadian professor of psychology, has become both a cultural rock star and an o(...)

Going without PowerPoint has forced lecturer Paul O’Donovan to go “back to my tools”. Photograph: iStock

I banned PowerPoint in my undergraduate classes. No longer do I enter my classrooms and crank up the giant projection system to show my slides. Not (...)

The clickity-clicks speak for themselves: first-person accounts of alcoholism, mental health issues and serious physical illness attract eyeballs the way a 2,000 word think piece on a geo-political matter rarely do.

If ever I were to give up on life entirely and become a journalism lecturer, I’d have my degree class done and dusted within 10 seconds: Journalism is(...)

Steve Martin and Michael Caine are rival con artists scamming wealthy marks on the French Riviera in 'Dirty Rotten Scoundrels'. Their one-upmanship makes for one of cinema’s great comic rivalries

A few years ago, we published a guide to the best films available on Netflix. It proved to be one of our most popular stories ever. Since then many n(...)

Concerns over concentrated media ownership will be nothing compared to the anxiety over the power wielded by Zuckerberg and Facebook. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

For political addicts in the western world, recent elections have offered more twists than this year’s Premier League. We have just had an electoral(...)

Pádraig O’Toole: contributed the receipts from the sale of his book to improving sports facilities on Aran. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Pádraig O’Toole, who has died aged 77, was an Aran island-born educationalist, humanitarian, author and former priest whose diverse missionary experie(...)

Gretchen Bender Project Arts Centre, 39 East Essex Street, Temple Bar, Dublin, until Dec 23 projectartscentre.ie ***** Gretchen Bender’s (...)

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