Battle Readings is a regularly updated compilation of articles, essays, and opinion pieces relevant to the themes of the Battle of Ideas.
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Headline-grabbing subjects like global warming or third-world poverty aren’t the only ones tackled in serious games. Some of the genre’s most captivating offerings take on topics that are a bit further from the limelight.
Bryan Ochalla, Gamasutra, 29 June 2007
The internet is too often like a stuffy meeting room on a bad night
Jonathan Freedland, Guardian, 10 April 2007
Tessa Mayes, spiked, 1 April 2007
Myspace: a place to post countless photos of yourself doing stupid, inane poses and write gushing blogs for others to read?
Peaches Geldof, Guardian, 29 March 2007
Online social networking sites are the key to a teenager’ world, it is like a garganutuan digital version of a Jane Austen novel
Lucy Austin, Telegraph, 23 March 2007
We have to hope that new technologies will lead to changes in the distribution of power and not merely superficial changes to political practice
Bill Thompson, BBC, 22 February 2007
For real democracy to function, somebody has to make, and enforce the rules. The internet is no exception
Andy McSmith, Independent, 22 February 2007
The moot question is how far our media in general and the journalists who represent it in general should get involved and intrude in the personal affairs of the celebrities. The bubbling zest of paparazzi in Paris has already cost lives of Lady Diana in the Royal British family and also that of Dodi al Fayed, who was the only son of an Egyptian business tycoon.
Ganesh Sovani, Ivarta, 30 January 2007
To understand their role in socialising today’s youth, educators need to explore the social dynamics of mediated public life like social network sites
Danah Boyd, The Knowledge Tree, Edition 13, 2006
Conflicts on the net, as elsewhere, need not have recourse to a labour theory of rights to be political struggles
Angela Mitropoulos, Mute Magazine, 31 December 2006
Going nowhere? Staying local in a global village
"The Battle of Ideas is a global treasure. Bringing together some of the world's leading thinkers for civil dialogue on an array of topics, the festival is a must-see for those deeply committed to the free exchange of ideas."
Fredrick C. Harris, professor of political science, Columbia University