the world we live in …

Money! Nothing worse in our lives, so current, rampant, so corrupting. Money – you demolish cities, rot men from their homes, you train and twist good minds and set them on to the most atrocious schemes. No limit, you make them adept at every kind of outrage, every godless crime – money. (Sophocles [496-406])

Awkward Fame

A note had been sent today, somebody proudly announcing that he had been mentioend in speech of a high ranking politician. And isn’t indeed that we all have a little it of this: like the midge being drawn to the light – there seems to be the strive to be part of the grandesse of … Continua a leggere

norm and deviation

Or: is there really no such thing as society? Just doing the final preparation on the presentation Norms and Deviations of Modern Information-Environments for Young People tomorrow in Moscow. It is a bit worrying, in particular as thinking about it I am getting so aware about the major flaw of most of the debates and … Continua a leggere

en route these days

Ireland – Greece – Hungary – Turkey – Italy …. travelling these days and getting news …. and receiving a message with the following words, from Zygmunt Bauman What is novel [these days] is not uncertainty; what is novel is a realization that uncertainty is here to stay Surely one thing reaining to be done: … Continua a leggere

Once met … – truth

– or Sociology and the Beauty and the Beast Those of you who met and knew Norbert Elias even a little bit will admit that he had been a personality with an attracting character. And even if one didn’t agree with what he said, he didn’t loose this attraction. And perhaps it had been exactly … Continua a leggere

The Celtic tiger revived – now taking shape of paper tiger

Sure, there  had been some danger Mr Murphy could have been hit by the brick he dropped – but he stumbled briefly, and the attempt to regain balance nearly increased his speed though unfortunately not changing the direction. And now it seems that he lined up to revive the Celtic tiger and smart economies surely … Continua a leggere