Making your own bed: are there limits to professional responsibility?

True story: a friend told me how she invested a large amount of money in order to advertise her product on a fairly central website. The campaign bombed and my friend queried the veracity of the site owner’s claim that his site is a popular place of convergence: “you cannot tell me that your site… Continue reading Making your own bed: are there limits to professional responsibility?

Life at Fahrenheit 451

As a teenager, I literally stumbled upon François Truffaut‘s powerful interpretation of Ray Bradbury’s 1953 book Fahrenheit 451. I went to see the movie simply because it featured Julie Christie, the woman who invaded my pubescent dreams as a blonde Russian siren named Lara in David Lean‘s adaptation of Boris Pasternak’s epic Doctor Zhivago. On… Continue reading Life at Fahrenheit 451

Big Brother: shovel or snowman?

Googling “Big Brother” returns 43,500,000 results but Googling “big brother” Orwell removes all but 623,000 results.  Big Brother is a character in George Orwell‘s novel 1984 (aka Ninety Eighty Four.)  Published a year before Orwell’s death in 1949, the book has a clear doom-and-gloom (dystopic) view of future society. Orwell perceived a future in which… Continue reading Big Brother: shovel or snowman?