The Exile: Learning the True Nature of Mother Nature Part One

To the people who make promotional videos for Irish tourism, Ireland is a beautiful and tranquil land. Sheep, picturesque rural taverns, leprechauns, poets, ramblers and quaint monasteries abound, all seamlessly interwoven into the cloth of the natural environment. For me, it is something different. I do love my country of origin, although the words which follow may paint a contrary picture. … Continue reading

Sympathy, Machines and Mind Boggling Brilliance

I have just finished watching Adam Curtis’ stunning new documentary All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace. I use the term ‘documentary’ loosely. For me, his films are closer to visual poetry than any traditional documentary structure. More importantly, his films offer a release from the daily bombardment of quasi-voyeur-porn docu-soap outlay that amounts to factual … Continue reading

Other People’s Misery

Have you ever wondered why it is so easy to switch the TV channel when an image of distant suffering presents itself? Why is it that we, as human beings, have the capacity to ignore the plight of sufferers who we regard as different? To be honest, I had never really concerned myself too much … Continue reading

Obama gets involved

Cheers for the thought!!!

Don’t get me wrong! I am not a nationalist (football aside – sorry, but I’m all tricolour and Fields of Athenry) . I find the idea of putting ourselves into convenient little groups, based on imaginary communities, for the purposes of exclusion, more than a little silly. After all, years of chasing new experiences abroad … Continue reading

Web 2.0, Social Media and Democracy

This Blog is for a course in Social Media. By some sort of infinite cosmic coincidence I made a film about the democratic potential of the Wikipedia project. Here it is:

By way of introduction: the story so far

I spent the majority of the Irish economic boom years, somewhat stupidly, gallivanting around the world, working in menial jobs and generally seeking out the cheapest thrills that pocket money can buy. But hey, I was safe in the knowledge that I came from an economic powerhouse where jobs grew on trees, chimney sweeps drove Jaguars and … Continue reading