Sunday, 22 September 2013

Becoming Posthuman

The 1990s and early 21th century saw significant developments in the research and application of human genetics, provoking calls for biotechnologies to be given more consideration from ethical and political viewpoints. This essay shall analyse some of these developments and the potential repercussions of their appliance.

Key theorists such as Francis Fukuyama urge prudence in the roll-out of these technologies to ensure the ethical dimensions are clearly understood and analysed,
“This protracted discussion of human dignity is intended to answer the following question: What is it that we want to protect from any future advance in biotechnology? The answer is we want to protect the full range of our complex, evolved natures against attempts at self-modification.” (Fukuyama 2002, p172)

Bongshang - Morita Pt1



From http://www.bongshang.com/moritapt1video.html

The track can be streamed and purchased from Bongshang.Bandcamp.com

Bongshang - Remastered back catalogue albums

Crude

Hurricane Jungle

vy-lo-fone

Monday, 1 April 2013

Moonwalking and murder

Between moonwalking ponies and murderous primetime drama, Shetland has had a very high media profile of late. Whilst the TV two-parter ‘Shetland’ has had a mixed reception locally and critically, Socks the prancing pony in the 3 Mobile advert has received almost universal praise.

What’s not to like about a Socks’ computer enhanced performance? And although I rarely watch TV (I haven’t owned one for years), I made an effort to watch ‘Shetland’ with my family and we all quite enjoyed it (despite the fact I had already seen the first part - I was lucky enough to have been invited to the premiere in Mareel)

Friday, 1 March 2013

It's all Mareel's fault

As someone who has been a supporter of Mareel for many years, firstly as a local musician then as Shetland Arts’ Music Development Officer, I’ve seen the project being blamed for all manner of local ills. School closures, cutbacks in road gritting, music tuition charges - you name it, Mareel is a convenient scapegoat. A low point for me was a boozed up young chap literally frothing at the mouth as he issued me with a string of insults about how he and his girlfriend couldn’t get a council house - all down to Mareel, apparently.

Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Apocalyptic airlift

If you’re reading this, then we’ve survived the ‘end of the world’ prophesied for 21st December 2012 by apocalyptic Mayan calendar misinterpreters. I’m writing this article towards the tail end of the day and we seem to have got away with it. I was starting to think there was maybe something in it when I heard of panic buying related fisticuffs breaking out in the bread isle of Tesco due to the north boat being cancelled for a few days. However, news is just breaking that Tesco will save us all from this ‘end of the bread’ cataclysm by flying in supplies on a Hercules transport plane.

Sheesh, what has become of the once hardy Shetlanders who could manage a week cut off from the mainland? Have we really become so over reliant on Tesco that we have to fly in non-local produce like how a 3rd world natural disaster zone would be supplied with tents and medicine?