• Job Offerings on Greek Twitter

    Posted by Periklis Vanikiotis 15.10.2013
    society
    Job Offerings on Greek Twitter

    I’ve been watching it since the beginning of last week and I’ve been impressed both by the simplicity of the idea and from the people’s response: Twitter user @dimitrischrid, decided to start the hashtag “#aggeliesergasias”, i.e. “job ads” which does exactly what its name says

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  • GitHub: not just for computer geeks

    Posted by Grigoris Miliaresis 11.10.2013
    society
    GitHub: not just for computer geeks

    It is a social network but it bears no relationship to what most people imagine when they think of Facebook: there are no pictures or videos, its members don’t expose their personal and social moments or share the big and small changes in their lives and the big brands don’t vie for some advertising inches in its pages.

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  • Magnets, cancer and rumors

    Posted by Grigoris Miliaresis 30.9.2013
    society
    Magnets, cancer and rumors

    Like most professional journalists I am on the fence regarding “citizens’ journalism”: on one hand I can easily understand its benefits especially as pertains to the abundance of eye-witness accounts from places and times when for various reasons journalists don’t have access but one the other I can’t but be doubtful when faced with the lack of judgment and information evaluation that is too often among people who didn’t have to learn this though the harsh education an actual media outlet provides.  

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    tags: world / society / internet

  • New York's bluebloods

    Posted by Grigoris Miliaresis 24.9.2013
    society
    New York's bluebloods

    I’ve written it before: I’m not immune to Hollywood’s beautification of various aspects of reality; anyone who is even marginally conscious so as to bypass the snag of intentional or unintentional propaganda, will realize that this beautification isn’t but the inevitable oversimplification of the human condition that we can see in 90% of dramaturgy since the time of the Ancient Greek theater. 

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    tags: blogging / society

  • Foreign languages and comics

    Posted by Grigoris Miliaresis 20.9.2013
    society
    Foreign languages and comics

    It makes sense, at least for all of us who grew up in the 70s and 80s with Marvel and DC comics, old television series and Rock ‘n Roll: you can learn a foreign language through pop culture products, especially if you are a child or a teenager. Of course this is not going to replace regular language classes but it will certainly give you a sense of the language’s natural flow and it will provide you with clues about the culture behind said language; the same comics, songs and TV series are experienced by the people whose language you are trying to learn. 

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    tags: blogging / comics

  • Addictions and pretexts

    Posted by Grigoris Miliaresis 19.9.2013
    society
    Addictions and pretexts

    Those who have been online long enough know it: at least once a year there will appear some article either in the media or by some user who will lament for our lost social life, the alienation caused by the digital media and our lack of contact with the real world.

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    tags: blogging / society

  • When a pressure cooker is just a pressure cooker

    Posted by Grigoris Miliaresis 18.9.2013
    society
    When a pressure cooker is just a pressure cooker

    That the Americans have become paranoid after the 9/11 attacks is more or less known; equally known (especially after the recent revelations by ex-CIA and NSA employee Edward Snowden) is that US secret services have created an electronic  monitoring network hoping to stop possible attacks (domestic or international) in the future. 

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    tags: blogging / world / society

  • To (mis)quote Churchill

    Posted by Grigoris Miliaresis 9.9.2013
    society
    To (mis)quote Churchill

    When, during WWII, an MP told Winston Churchill that the government should cut the funding of the arts, the legendary politician replied “Then what are we fighting for?” Or he might had replied thus if the incident actually happened; as can very easily verified by a three (3) minute search in Google, the dialogue can’t be found in any of the countless documents left by the British leader.

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    tags: blogging / society