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Curating content (Finding meaning in our post-fact era)

In the age of too much information (TMI), the demand for curated content is increasing. There are free tools and there are paid services that are …

Social Media

Living a double life: Indonesia's atheists fear jail or worse

1 / 4<p>A group of Muslim men gather at the Istiqlal mosque in Jakarta, Indonesia, the world's biggest Muslim majority country, where being an atheist …

Religion

an open letter to Morrissey

Dear Morrissey,<p>Whilst, of course, we celebrate free speech no matter how odious it is to our tender ears, we also celebrate free reply.<p>For your fans, …

On reading the Koran

Lesley Hazleton sat down one day to read the Koran. And what she found -- as a non-Muslim, a self-identified "tourist" in the Islamic holy book -- …

Qur'an

Booze, Blood and Noise: The Violent Roots of Manchester Punk

A blow-by-blow history of the raucous 1970s scene that birthed Joy Division, Morrissey and Buzzcocks<p><b>By Frank Owen</b><p>G<b>rowing up working class</b> in 1970s …

Pop Punk

SOPHIE Is an Immaterial Girl in a Material World

It’s getting late on a Thursday night, and the sweaty, packed crowd at Elsewhere, in Bushwick, Brooklyn, is growing antsy. A couple of latex-clad …

immaterial

At My Darkest Moment, I Reached Out For Help And Chose To Live

Fifteen years ago, I broke up with my very nice boyfriend and plunged headlong into a dark depression. I loved Marc but had known from the beginning that he wasn't the man for me.<p>I still believe that breaking up was the right move, but I chose a bad time to do it. I was between jobs and felt …

Mental Health

Jaringan Dakwah Salafi/Wahabi di Bogor

tirto.id - Tidak banyak yang tahu nama pesantren Minhajus Sunnah di daerah Darmaga, Kabupaten Bogor, Jawa Barat. Saat saya ke sana pada Jumat pekan …

Mainstream Islamic narratives and their divisive consequences

Concern that hard-line Islamist groups are undermining Indonesia’s democracy has been rising over the past few years. Recently, allegations of …

University of Melbourne

If I Die, Do All My Quantum Selves Die, Too?

We hope you are either very clever or very high for this one<p>The reality you think you’re living in isn’t what you think it is.<p>That’s according to …

Quantum Mechanics

Existential Psychologist Rollo May on Freedom and the Significance of the Pause

“Freedom is the capacity to pause in the face of stimuli from many directions at once and, in this pause, to throw one’s weight toward this response rather than that one.”<p><i>“Everything can be taken from a man,”</i> the great Austrian psychiatrist and Holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl wrote in his timeless …

Existentialism

A rare interview with the Aga Khan on poverty, climate change, and demystifying Islam

His Highness Prince Karim, the Aga Khan, is many things.<p>“Virtually a one-man state,” as Vanity Fair once put it, he’s the spiritual leader of the world’s 15 million Shia Ismaili Muslims and a unique embodiment of the potential for East blending with West. He inherited from his Indian-born …

Aga Khan

Photographer Vicky Grout exposes London’s grime scene one rave at a time

Dear Donor 14659, thank you for your sperm

Dear Sperm Donor 14659:<p>You don’t know me, but I am the mother of your child. I’m a single, 42-year-old, African American woman with a successful …

Berlin's liberal mosque marks 1-year anniversary

In the year since its foundation, Berlin's liberal mosque has established itself and is attracting ever greater interest. But lawyer Seyran Ates, who …

The Coming Islamic Culture War

Western observers are often blind to social currents within the Muslim world. During the Arab Spring revolutions of 2011, outside analysts …

Barbells vs. Treadmills: A Fresh Take on Content Strategy

When I started building the content marketing team at RJMetrics I did so on the same assumption many content teams are started on: I would hire great …

Where do people get their news? Social media beats every medium except one

With the fast adoption rate of internet-connected smart phones, you would expect the number of people accessing news on mobile to rise substantially. …

Label of the month: Crazylegs

"I don't find it very rewarding to take people who are on their path already and be like, 'Let's release some music.' Because you're not really doing …

Examining the psychology of violent jihad

<b>We cannot fight violent jihad unless we understand its roots and motivations. In this article, Keith Loveard, with input from Yan Ramadhan and</b> …

Behind Bars: Meet The Georgian Techno Producer Making Music From Prison

Michail Todua was arrested five years ago. Since then, he's been making and releasing music from his in-jail studio.<p>Michail Todua, now 33, has been in prison for five years. A Georgian native who grew up in the capital city of Tbilisi, he spent his life as a DJ and party promoter before being …

The Met Gala’s theme is “Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.” What exactly does that mean?

The theological history of the look celebrities will be wearing on the red carpet.<p>The Metropolitan Museum of Art will launch its biggest Costume Institute collection yet on Monday. <i>Heavenly Bodies</i><i>:</i> <i>Fashion and the Catholic Imagination</i><i>,</i> featuring couture from fashion luminaries like Dolce & Gabbana, …

Religious freedoms should include spiritual beliefs too

Nearly a third of Australians at the last census checked “None” when asked about their religion, up from 19% in 2006. What many people might not …

Heaven or hell? The problem of the posthumous album | Music | The Guardian

“After much consideration we have decided to finish what we started,” the remaining members of the Cranberries wrote on their website this month, announcing their first new album since 2012. Dolores O’Riordan, who died earlier this year, had already finished recording her vocals: there’s no sense …

Music

The Cure's Robert Smith: 'I was very optimistic when I was young – now I'm the opposite' | Music | The Guardian

Our drummer used to make a huge pot of magic mushroom tea at the start of every day and it just went on from there Robert Smith<p>I hate how things have ended up in the last 20 years – there’s a tone to this country that’s changed for the worse Robert Smith<p>The first thing Robert Smith does is …

Hyde Park

Islam’s ‘Toxic’ Schism | History Today

Embodied in the rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran, the Sunni-Shia divide is a schism that threatens to tear the Islamic world apart. Though its …

Jilbab Terlarang di Era Orde Baru

HARI-hari Rani di bulan Januari tahun lalu berlangsung penuh gairah. Hampir setiap waktu, perempuan muda berparas cantik itu membuka situs-situs …

High demand for symbols drive 'Islamic' black market

The Islamic black market is spreading in various forms. By playing around with Islamic symbols in separate cases, First Travel, Abu Tours and Kanjeng …

Sex manuals still push these five shockingly old-fashioned ideas

I can’t recommend reading more than 60 sex advice manuals. I spent several months doing this and it results in a particular combination of sadness, anger and frustration that I’d rather never repeat.<p>The reason for my painful few months was my new book, <i>Mediated Intimacy: Sex Advice in Media Culture</i> …

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