Monthly Archives: October 2013

On feeling an affinity with what you’re reading

We like to feel a connection with what we read. But can it be dangerous to be made to feel that you share something with the voice you’re listening to? Of course, when we’re addressed in the second person, we know we’re being asked to agree. Its something Everyday Analysis has been guilty of, and […]

Big Questions, Age-Old Debates, and Problems we will NEVER solve

Recent scientific developments in cell research have re-opened questions of sexuality and genetics, a subject worthy of far more detailed discussion than a short Everyday Analysis article can provide. It’s another aspect of the ‘debate’ which is the issue here; the use of phrases and language which insist on the ‘age-old’ nature of these debates, […]

A Plea for Self-Expression(ism)

There is a certain neoliberal ideal involved in the notion of self-expression. The injunction – ostensibly permissive – to put pen to paper, or whatever artistic tool to whatever artistic medium, and to vent one’s spleen and ‘get it all out’ through artistic ‘catharsis’ creates the ubiquitous singer-songwriter, poet and painter, bemoaning their losses and […]

Big Data, the NSA, and Heidegger’s ‘Standing Reserve’

Big data is huge. In a matter of months the phrase has come from nowhere and is now a regular feature in newspapers, in adverts and on social media. The Guardian continue their campaign against the National Security Agency, which needs little introduction now; the NSA have long been collecting and storing data from hundreds […]


Other People’s Partners

In her novel of 1876, Daniel Deronda, George Eliot offers a characteristically arch aside on men and women’s respective attitudes to other people’s partners: “In general, one may be sure that whenever a marriage of any mark takes place, male acquaintances are likely to pity the bride, female acquaintances the bridegroom: each, it is thought, […]

Trolling – a Spectator Sport?

Michel Foucault’s Discipline and Punish discusses the historical nature of public executions and torture. For Foucault, the spectator plays a key role in the method of punishment: ‘It must mark the victim: it is intended, either by the scar it leaves on the body, or by the spectacle that accompanies it, to brand the victim […]