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Social Media: Can They Censor Us?

Yesterday, Eran Wickramaratne, Sanjana Hattotuwa (Groundviews) and Malinda Seniviratne (Daily Nation) got together for a forum on social media and the whole question on censorship. Now, far be it from me to talk about that, because by a rather unlucky combination of work and delayed meetings, I completely missed out on that thing. Pity – I was really looking forward to it. But an acquaintance and I once had a… Read More »Social Media: Can They Censor Us?

He Threw The First Stone

“And the Lord said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do. Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech. So the Lord scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth…” A… Read More »He Threw The First Stone

The war never ended. We just took some time off #lka #Aluthgama

It is so easy to turn everything into a matter of faith. Take a man. Any man will do. Make him a symbol of faith. Pay no attention to the man underneath the robes – be he good, bad, sick, twisted or downright evil: once he is a symbol of faith, his actions are justified. In time, people even forget what the faith stands for. All that matters is the living symbol.

#WCY2014 recap: you shall (not) forget @WCY2014

“Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.” ― Alexander Pope A lot has been said about WCY. I’ve said a lot myself. It’s been called a keystone event in world history, it’s been called an absolute waste of money, it’s even been called “ah that exhibition thing happening at BMICH.” Let’s start by defining WCY. Now I’ve been blogging a lot about WCY, doing daily recaps… Read More »#WCY2014 recap: you shall (not) forget @WCY2014

#WCY2014 Liveblog #3: text editors wanted

“The meeting is suspended for ten minutes.” Gender identities are a hotly debated topic all over the word. However, this perhaps is the only place  right now where half the countries in the world are haggling over the use of the word “LGBTIQ’ vs the word “gender equality”. As http://internationalspectrum.umich.edu/life/definitions will show you, there are many definitions, nuances and not a few sensitivities at stake. Personally, I believe “gender identities” covers… Read More »#WCY2014 Liveblog #3: text editors wanted