by Sam Wilkinson The first video ever uploaded to YouTube didn’t offer much of a hint as to the future popularity of the platform, although it did predict the style of its many successors. ‘Me at the zoo’ stars YouTube co-founder Jawed Karim, who offers his thoughts on the elephants at the San Diego Zoo, […]Read more
The ‘Learn to Code’ Problem
by Ashok Menon Access is a hurdle that the computing industry has been struggling to overcome for many years. With no mandatory teaching in schools and tangentially related subjects, like ICT, providing a skewed and often unfavourable impression of the subject, many leave school with at best a mild disinterest and at worst an active […]Read more
Theatre and the Screen: A Fruitful Marriage?
by Chloe Cheung Picture this: it’s 1984 and the Two Minutes Hate is raging. A huge supra-stage screen shows an enemy of Big Brother being shot in the head. That was the Oxford Playhouse’s critically acclaimed production of George Orwell’s 1984, but even the most sporadic of theatregoers might be familiar with the growing […]Read more
Computer Literacy: What is it and How can I get one?
by Elizabeth Stell & George Prew How often have you found that ‘computer literacy’ is a requirement for this or that internship? How often have you written on your CV that you possess this skill, or at least some of its aspects? And yet everyone has a different view on what ‘computer literacy’ really means. […]Read more
Pointing Fingers: Should Britain Voice its Opinion on Civil Rights in Hong Kong?
by ZX The recent flurry of trade deals between China and the UK has drawn criticism on several fronts. Critics are concerned that Britain is in danger of making itself too reliant on one country at the expense of other relationships, and at the risk of compromising national security. They also accuse Britain for being […]Read more
Issue #2 – Digitality
A pdf of the print edition of Issue #2 – Digitality – can be downloaded here: Issue #2 – DigitalityRead more
The Observed Self
by Peter Gent My MacBook stares at me, one eye open, but seemingly not awake. Once it did awake, unexpected, and its green eye burned as it judged me. Panicked, I jumped up, trying to hide from its gaze, unsure if I was fully clothed. I realised a moment later that it was just FaceTime […]Read more
Narcissus: A Digital Translation
by Jacob Warn Born in the 90s, companies of men adored him even before puberty. Siri prophesied longevity: and didn’t he know it, as he watched it on his own fair skin, white blushed with the blood-red digits of his own heartbeat. A heart throb. A nymphomaniac unto himself, himself unto nymphs. The light down […]Read more
On the Perils of Skyping
by Giorgio Scherrer “The green light’s looking at you, kid.” “Here’s looking at you, kid”, Humphrey Bogart famously told Ingrid Bergmann in Casablanca, and even if you haven’t seen the movie (shame on you), one thing’s clear from that line: it was shot in the pre-Skype era. Innocent and foolish as they are, here’s what […]Read more
by Rory Turnbull A human need ensures that we shall leer At Fortune’s favours, others’ joys unreal; And yet, when others too begin to jeer At our denuded privacy, we feel The need to curse, to curse computers then. We mourn how emails pester us until Our fingers always fix themselves again Upon our phones, […]Read more
Pointing fingers: Should Oxford Students be Writing about Politics?
by Zixin Jiang Aristotle once declared that it is unfit for a young person to learn political science, ‘for he is inexperienced in the actions that occur in life’.  I do not know if Aristotle had in mind teenagers or whether his statement would apply to modern undergraduates as well. But I do know […]Read more
Slow Travel: Paris in the Morning
by Tobias Thornes ‘Could I have your number, please?’ said the young woman behind the desk. Her hands hovered over her keyboard in anticipation. ‘My number? What number?’ I asked, feeling somewhat perplexed. After all, it was getting late in the evening and the weariness of a long day’s travelling lay upon me. ‘Your telephone […]Read more
Organic Chemistry: A Cartoon
‘Organic Chemistry’ by Fran Donnellan ***Read more
Vicarious Living: #YearAbroadBlogging
In keeping with this fortnight’s theme of ‘digitality’, Vicarious Living brings you an insight into the weird and wonderful WordPress world of that most inevitable of linguist clichés, the ‘year abroad blog’. You can keep up with Christy’s adventures at https://gringachilena.wordpress.com *** A True #Blogging Testament from a Real Live #YearAbroadBlogger Christy Callaway-Gale (aka #GringaChilena), […]Read more