Out of Africa
English / Journalism

Out of Africa

Did you know that a white farmer is killed every five days in South Africa? That Nigerian Islamists Boko Haram Burnt 375 Christians alive and that the UNICEF-led programme to eradicate polio in the north of Nigeria was actually a plot to infect the population with HIV-AIDS and sterilise Muslims?  You may have nearly fallen … Continue reading

Banning Bossy: Language and Social Perceptions
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Banning Bossy: Language and Social Perceptions

It’s an interesting question: By removing a word from our lexicon, can we change the way we perceive things? That’s the premise behind a new campaign called ‘Ban Bossy.’ Created by LeanIn.Org, a non-profit founded by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, the campaign is intended to encourage girls to lead by removing the negative stigma associated … Continue reading

Turning Surveillance on its Head
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Turning Surveillance on its Head

It’s hard to do anything these days without someone noticing. Between revelations by the now infamous Edward Snowden that the US government is monitoring metadata from a plethora of communication technologies, and evolving social norms that are increasingly accepting of making private information public, it’s becoming clear that our lives are on display. We’re seeing an … Continue reading

Corporate & Institutional Communications / Journalism / Media

Faith, lost and found

The cobbler may wear tatty old shoes and the confectioner might tire of chocolate, but journalists never stop reading the news. We can’t help ourselves; it’s an addiction. My own habit includes Google’s newsfeed, the New Yorker and National Public Radio. While these latter two are generally excellent mediums, I had begun to fret over … Continue reading

Das deutsche Wort des Jahres 2013
Deutsch / Journalism / Language Resources / Media

Das deutsche Wort des Jahres 2013

Am Ende jedes Jahres küren die Gesellschaft für deutsche Sprache und die Redaktion der Oxford Dictionairies ihr jeweiliges Wort des Jahres. “GroKo” ist das deutsche Wort des Jahres 2013. Das ist die Kurzfassung für “Große Koalition”. Bei der Begründung der “Gesellschaft für deutsche Sprache” wird auf den Anklang zu “Kroko” beziehungsweise “Krokodil” verwiesen. Das Wort zeigt in seinem Anklang an »Kroko« … Continue reading