In a battle-torn landscape governed by zeroes and ones, nuance, compromise and empathy are the first casualties. If I were to sum up the online culture war in one word it would be “diaphobia”, a term coined by the psychiatrist RD Laing meaning “fear of being influenced by other people”, the opposite of dialogue. Our ever-present underlying historical and enculturated emotions will nudge us to cherrypick and polish the nuggets of information that support a stance that may have been in our bodies from childhood. Once we have taken sides, the algorithms will supply us with a stream of content to entrench and confirm our beliefs. … [Read more...] about Be it on God, guns or Greta, social media offers neat solutions for our messy feelings
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The cover glass is made of sapphire, which is the scratch-resistant glass fitted to traditional Swiss watches. The body is stainless steel and weighs 83g, which gives it a feeling of quality alongside the solid-feeling crown on the right side that acts as a digital control for the smart functions. Even the fluoroelastomer (think silicone-rubber-like) strap feels premium, although the watch takes standard 22mm bands so you can easily swap them out and Withings sells quite a few as accessories. … [Read more...] about Withings ScanWatch review: health-tracking watch with 30-day battery
The 1,156 infections from the ship are not counted in Guam’s domestic total, but Guam officials have publicly detailed nearly 250 military-linked cases on the island, including 35 airmen who went to local restaurants, raising concerns about military personnel as vectors for the virus. … [Read more...] about Guam boy, 10, dies as Covid outbreak threatens country’s health system
“We have already taken steps to help ease the burden of universal credit debt repayments, including reducing the maximum deduction from 40% to 30% of a claimant’s standard allowance. From October 2021 we will reduce this further to 25%, and we will double the time available to repay an advance to 24 months.” … [Read more...] about Extreme poverty ‘will double by Christmas’ in UK because of Covid-19
8.30pm - 10pm - The Nation's TributeA special service, The Nation's Tribute, will be led by the Duke of Cambridge, will be held at Horse Guards Parade and will be broadcast on BBC One. There will be special performances of key moments from the conflicts and veterans will read tributes. There will also be musical performances from the military. … [Read more...] about VJ Day 2020 meaning – what is Victory over Japan Day and how is it being marked?