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It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens By Danah Boyd

‘Kids today. They have no sense of shame. They have no sense of privacy. They are show-offs, fame whores, pornographic little loons who post their diaries, their phone numbers, their stupid poetry –for God’s sake their dirty photos! –online’   So wrote Emily Nussbaum in her New York Magazine article lamenting the death of privacy.  It is one of the example of what Danah Boyd... Read More

Posted: 17 May 2014

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An Act of Love by Marie Fleming

I came to Marie Fleming’s book knowing just a few facts about her. I knew that she suffered from multiple sclerosis. Faced by the certai prospect of an even more egregious deterioration in her already frail health, which would deprive her of the capacity to end her own life if it became unbearable, in 2012 she took a landmark case... Read More

Posted: 22 February 2014

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How to be optimistic

  How to be optimistic   In our new column on how to live your life to the full, psychologist Maureen Gaffney tells Sonia Juttla just how beneficial it is to have positive thinking in your life, and she also suggests a variety of strategies to help cultivate your optimistic side   There is a strong scientific case for being optimistic. Optimism is not a... Read More

Posted: 16 January 2014

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How the Irish just got on with things after the financial crash

Did Ireland’s bailout in December 2010 constitute a national trauma? Well, it certainly seemed so at the time. The government was floundering.  The airways were alight with forecasts of national doom.  It seemed that the game was up for Ireland . We watched in horror as our hard won view of ourselves dissolved before our eyes. What we had painstakingly built up over the preceding... Read More

Posted: 13 December 2013

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Most of us decided to hold our nerve, to stay positive and to remain doggedly optimistic

Did Ireland’s bailout in December 2010 constitute a national trauma? Well, it certainly seemed so at the time. The government was floundering. The airways were alight with forecasts of national doom. It seemed that the game was up for Ireland. We watched in horror as our hard won view of ourselves dissolved before our eyes. What we had painstakingly built... Read More

Posted: 13 December 2013

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Our dystopian view of Ireland

If this were the Leaving Cert exam, then the questions in this week’s Irish Times MRBI Poll would deem it a ‘hard paper’. Apart from policy wonks and avid consumers of official reports, I suspect most of us would struggle to give completely accurate answers to the questions asked. But this survey is not just a test of pubic knowledge.... Read More

Posted: 01 December 2013