The Picnic is a Political Act

1984Symposium2013

On June the 25th 2014, it will be the seventh continual year there has been a symposium (picnic) at George Orwell’s grave.  It's also of course his birthday. Back in 2007 we sat on the grass sharing food and drink, experiences and stories. As we have done every year since. Asking questions, discussing threatened freedoms and eroded civil liberties... all things Orwellian. We once used the Continue Reading

Are we finally living in 1984?

Watching the watchers

How do you feel about the world we are creating right now? What were your thoughts when the #PRISM news hit the headlines and Edward Snowden appeared in your browser saying these words?.. "If living unfreely but comfortably is something you’re willing to accept, and I think many of us are, it’s the human nature, you can get up every day, you can go to work, you can collect your large paycheck Continue Reading

1984 Looks Like This

John Perivolaris and christian Payne photographed by David Dunnico

On the 2nd of May this year I took a walk from Manchester into Salford with Dr John Perivolaris. (Here is a conversation we had on the way.) listen to ‘Walking into Salford’ on Audioboo We were heading to see David Dunnico's Exhibition entitled '1984 Looks Like This'  currently showing at Salford Museum and Art Gallery until the 1st of July. I first met Manchester based David Dunnico at a Continue Reading

The Future Of Social Networking

This is not science fiction. This technology exists in separate devices now. I know that, you know that, but show this to someone outside of social networking and other such geekery and it would blow their socks off. I remember earlier this year whilst touring with the GetAmbition team Bill Thompson talked about Augmented Reality enabled contact lenses. Miniature low powered lasers Continue Reading

The Perfect Prison

There is a quiet, dark revolution underway in Britain. It was happening yesterday, it's happening now - this minute. It will continue to happen tomorrow. Without anyone really noticing it we are becoming a police state. We're not quite there yet - it's a long way down to the real depths of secret police, social control, monitored movements - but we're blindly sleepwalking that path. George Continue Reading