21st February 2012 Handwritten

My GP writes notes straight onto the com­puter, and I’ve seen stu­dents try to keep up with lec­tures by typ­ing on an ipad. In these days of cheap laser jet print­ing, where even the small­est of busi­nesses can usu­ally afford to type up their signs, and there are few spaces left for pub­lic dis­plays of…

16th February 2012 Delivery Services

Search is the metaphor for the inter­net age (Stark, 2009). Google’s a verb, and you can access the world from your smart­phone. And so who has any use for the fat, heavy paper direc­tory, search­able only in the sense that entries are organ­ised in alpha­bet­i­cal order? Well, some­one still wants and needs it, and someone…

8th February 2012 Are Only Boring People Bored?

Of course not. Bore­dom, one of the ‘minor’ and ‘non-cathartic’ Ugly Feel­ings that fas­ci­nate Sianne Ngai (2005), is the lot of the ser­vice sec­tor worker. Whether bored by the rep­e­ti­tion of script — of which ‘have a nice day’ is the most clichéd, and ‘who’s next please?’ the most com­mon — or bored by the…