Deathly silence and American values in Alfred Hitchcock’s Saboteur

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Alfred Hitchcock‘s Saboteur is an American spy thriller set during the Second Word War. The film contains many Hitchcock’s hallmarks, and commentary relevant to its time.

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Predicting internet advertisement blocking in 1972

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Again revisiting the concept of there’s nothing new under the sun, as here regarding music and here regarding privacy, a 1972 paper along similar lines by Alan Kay from Xerox’s famous Palo Alto Research Center has recently come to light. Kay’s paper predicts users from the future will wish to block online advertising on their interconnected devices.

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Developed nations’ increasing awareness of trade agreements

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The BBC recently broadcast an interesting documentary on the investor state dispute settlement (ISDS) mechanism built into multi-national trade agreements, such as the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the United States and European Union.

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There’s nothing new under the sun

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Alex Ross’s recent article in The New Yorker gives a good example of the old adage ‘there’s nothing new under the sun’ regarding the current debate over paid for vs. rented—or ‘streaming’—music. This is a debate that was going on close to two hundred years ago in classical sheet music:

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