Posts tagged communication


Does the Internet turn us into Naysayers?

You’ve seen it before: Someone posts an angry (political) rant and it spreads like wildfire through Social Networks, the nervous system of the global wired community, flanked by equally angry comments, bursts of “righteous indignation” and lots of exclamation marks….

March 31, 2011, by

Language Learning

A Brief Introduction to Language Change

The abbreviations OMG, FYI, and LOL are now officially part of the Oxford dictionary. Does that mean you should write academic papers with titles like “OMG, Hamlet was bi-polar” or start every sentence in your job application with FYI? Maybe not….

March 27, 2011, by


Here’s Why Online Relationships are Mostly Misunderstood

Recently, I read an article called “The Social Media Bubble” by Umair Haque, Director of the Havas Media Lab on the Harvard Business Review Blog. Its hypothesis: The Net doesn’t increase connectivity and social change. In fact, it leans towards degeneration:…

March 25, 2011, by


When Distraction is the Norm

Yesterday I read about a little program called Freedom that forces you to disconnect from the Internet. You set a timer to the desired amount of “offline time” and then you’re unable to connect until the timer runs out or…

January 11, 2011, by


The Internet is not a Mass Medium. Or is it?

The term “mass medium” was coined in the early 20th century and referred to magazines, newspapers, radio & television broadcasts. I remember the times when watching an MTV music video on color television fried every teenager’s excitement-circuits, slouched in front…

November 28, 2010, by

Online Business

How to Start from Nothing and Gain Everything

John Irving, the bestseller fiction author once said that everybody is equal in front of  the white page. The moment you sit down to write, the page doesn’t know (or care) about your earlier successes or failures. You can not…

September 6, 2010, by

Learning English

Tested by Reality

Good English must pass two simple tests to be good. It must be effective: it must accomplish  the #1 job of language, which is to be clearly understood. It must be efficient: once clearing the first hurdle, it should be…

May 27, 2010, by


What does it mean to be a global citizen in the Year 2010?

Obviously that is a question which can only be answered subjectively, meaning there are as many answers to this question as there are human beings on this planet. Introduction We are writing the year 2010, the LHC in Cern has…

April 2, 2010, by


IELTS Speaking Test: The Public Library Issue

I was looking into publicly available information about the types of questions on the speaking portion of the IELTS academic test, which is a test used by universities in the United Kingdom, Australia, and Canada to assess the English language…

March 14, 2010, by

Learning English

A Brief Introduction to the Nuts & Bolts of Reaching Excellence in the English Language

1. What Is Excellence? “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle What is excellence? Excellence is the habit of doing things in a superior manner. This means to produce results…

February 26, 2010, by


Context Must Be Shown [PODCAST]

Today, I talk about how I have developed an overview of Japanese verb conjugation, and am developing manga and anime case studies to demonstrate informal Japanese, which is vital for a holistic grasp of the language. [audio: Must Be Shown.mp3|autostart=no]

January 31, 2010, by


Think outside the classroom: Don’t replicate reality exactly!

There’s a chance you’ve never heard before about Second Life, the three-dimensional virtual world in which people can fly around, buy new skin-colours, make a living by sitting in easy-chairs or do all the other things “normal” modern people do…

December 29, 2009, by