Author Archives: davinodwyer

Democracy in the age of social media

From The Irish Times, May 14th, 2016 For political addicts in the western world, recent elections have offered more unpredictable twists than this year’s Premier League. We have just had an electoral split between the Civil War parties and a rise in Independents that was perhaps anticipated but certainly unprecedented. In the UK, Jeremy Corbyn…

To like or to dislike, that is the question

From The Irish Times, September 19th, 2015 Since its introduction in 2009, Facebook’s “like” button has become a ubiquitous unit of online expression. However, its limitations were always obvious: it’s far too reductive even as a swift mode of interaction. One example I can recall occurred earlier this year when a good friend wrote a…

Three layers, two sides and one vote

A few weeks ago, I heard the most beautiful, inspiring story. A friend of a friend, a woman in her late 30s, had summoned the courage to be her true self – first she told her close friends, then she told her siblings, and finally she told her parents, that she was attracted to women….

A chat with David Carr

So saddened to hear about the sudden death of David Carr. I was fortunate enough to interview him at the Web Summit in 2013, and he was terrific company, and just as hilariously irascible as you would imagine. His legacy, not just as a media critic but as a chronicler of our times, will be…

The iWatch Cometh…

  The most highly anticipated Apple launch event since the arrival of the iPad in 2010 is rumoured to see the long-awaited unveiling of the iWatch – Apple’s bid to truly launch the era of wearable computing. I’m fortunate enough to be attending the event and will post thoughts on what is unveiled, but in…

Distinctive voices push the boundaries of journalism

  My opinion column on the changing nature of journalism, from The Irish Times, Monday June 16th, 2014 When the Pulitzer Prizes were announced in April, the prestigious prize for public service was awarded jointly to the Guardian and the Washington Post for their role in breaking the series of stories about vast government surveillance…

Searching for Satoshi

So it seems as if the famously pseudonymous Satoshi Nakamoto has finally been discovered – and his name really is Satoshi Nakamoto. At least that’s what Newsweek is claiming. But Newsweek isn’t the first publication to go searching for Satoshi – back in 2011, the New Yorker published a piece claiming that Satoshi was actually…

Assessing Assange

  So Andrew O’Hagan has written a looooong piece in the London Review of Books about his experience ghostwriting the still-born memoir of Julian Assange. What was ultimately published was an extremely odd book, for obvious reasons, so I dug up my review of the book from the time. A lot of the conclusions I…

Growing old in the age of social apps

  In the wake of Facebook’s gargantuan acquisition of messaging app WhatsApp, time to revisit a column I wrote for The Irish Times at the end of last year about the inevitable plurality of social apps. From The Irish Times, December 2nd, 2013 At a certain point, everybody who writes about technology has to attempt…

Fiscal cliffs and the metaphors of politics

  With the Republicans forcing the government shutdown this week, I was reminded of this piece from the beginning of the year, discussing the flawed metaphors we use to understand politics. FLOATING ON A SEA OF MISPLACED METAPHORS From The Irish Times, January 5th, 2013 It’s one of the oldest plot devices in the movies…