Chronicles of a liquid society
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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The liquid society --
Turning back the clock. Freestyle Catholics and sanctimonious secularists ; Have we really invented so much? ; Full speed backward! ; I remember, I remember --
Being seen. Wave ciao ciao to the camera ; God is my witness that I'm a fool... ; I tweet, therefore I am ; The loss of privacy --
The old and the young. The average lifespan ; Fair is foul, and foul is fair? ; Thirteen years misspent ; Once upon a time there was Churchill ; A generation of aliens --
Online. My email doubles ; How to elect the president ; The hacker is crucial to the system ; Too much of the internet? But in China... ; Here's a good game ; The textbook as teacher ; How to copy from the internet ; What's the point of having a teacher? ; The fifth estate ; A further note ; Dogmatism and fallibilism ; Marina, Marina, Marina ; I urge you to be brief --
On cell phones. More thoughts on the cell phone ; Swallowing the cell phone ; On photography ; Evolution: all with just one hand ; The cell phone and the queen in "Snow White" --
On conspiracies. Where's the deep throat? ; Conspiracies and plots ; Fine company ; Don't believe in coincidences ; The conspiracy on conspiracies --
On mass media. Radiophonic hypnosis ; There are two Bit Brothers ; Roberta ; The mission of the crime story ; Bin Laden's allies ; Going to the same place ; Mandrake, an Italian hero? ; Are viewers bad for television? ; Give us today our daily crime ; Maybe Agamemnon was worse than Bush ; High medium low ; "Intellectually speaking" ; Suspects behaving badly ; Shaken or stirred? ; Too many dates for Nero Wolfe ; Unhappy is the land ; Time and history --
Forms of racism. Women philosophers ; Where do you find anti-Semitism? ; Who told women to veil themselves? ; Husbands of unknown wives ; Proust and the Boche ; From Maus to Charlie --
On hatred and death. On hatred and on love ; Where has death gone? ; Our parts --
Religion and philosophy. Seers see what they know ; European roots ; The lotus and the cross ; Relativism? ; Chance and intelligent design ; The reindeer and the camel ; Watch it, loudmouth... ; Idolatry and iconoclasm lite ; The cocaine of the people ; The crucifix, almost a secular symbol ; Those strangers, the three Kings ; Mad about Hypatia ; Halloween, relativism, and Celts ; Damned philosophy ; Evasion and secret redress ; The holy experiment ; Monotheisms and polytheisms --
A good education. Who gets cited most? ; Political correctness ; Thoughts in fair copy ; Meeting face-to-face ; The pleasure of lingering --
On books, etc. Is Harry Potter bad for adults? ; How to protect yourself from the Templars ; The whiff of books ; Here's the right angle ; Journey to the center of Jules Verne ; Corkscrew space ; On unread books ; On the obsolescence of digital media ; Festschrift ; The Catcher in the Rye fifty years on ; Aristotle and the pirates ; Lies and make-believe ; Credulity and identification --
From stupidity to folly. No, it's not pollution, it's impurities in the air --
How to get rich on other people's suffering ; Miss World, fundamentalists, an lepers ; Return to sender ; Give us a few more deaths ; Speaking with license ; Conciliatory oxymorons ; The human thirst for prefaces ; A noncomrade who gets it wrong ; Saying sorry ; The Sun still turns ; What you mustn't do ; The miraculous Mortacc ; Joyce and the Maserati ; Napoleon never existed ; Are we all mad? ; Idiots and the responsible press.
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