01. October 2014

The impact of 140 characters

by Kati Temonen

kati-temonen-modifiedAt the turn of the millennium I got my first mobile phone and for the first time, I had to think about how to write short text messages up to 160 characters. Now, almost 15 years later, I finally decided to join the world of Twitter, which immediately reminded me of the old problem of having to squeeze my thoughts into a line or two, like I had to do with my old Nokia. Modern technologies have undoubtedly revolutionised our ways of communication and interaction but what is their real potential and what are their limits?

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16. September 2014

Third option missing?


heidi_beha-2012-2015-modifiedINTERVIEW The future of Scotland  hangs in the balance. For the young generation living in Scotland this is a chance to decide on Scottish independence from the United Kingdom. The matter of independence has encouraged many apolitical young people to engage with the issue and have an opinion. Will they make a difference on September 18? Here are the views of one of those young people who will cast her vote on Thursday:

Interview with Gillian Lester, 29, from Edinburgh.

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03. September 2014

Europe, are we there yet? / The future of Europe is not that grim

by Elias Vartio

elias-vartio-modifiedThe banks have been saved. The savers have been saved. The investors have been saved.

While it may seem that the world is going crazy, it is also still at relative peace. Just like it was in the 1930s, when less than a decade had passed since the Great Crash of 1929. Our Black Tuesday was the fall of Lehmann Brothers in 2008, or the unravelling of Greece’s deep economic troubles in 2010. We can sigh with relief; we have avoided World War III. Yet, at what cost has the financial stability been achieved?

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29. August 2014

Instead of Twerk & Selfie

by Daniel Gjokjeski

daniel-gjokjeski2Words are the greatest weapon that humankind has ever made. Some may find it controversial to compare them with rifles, bazooka’s or missiles, but if you think about it, every conflict in human history started with words, and then they were used to justify the use of violence. As Edgar Allan Poe once said; “Words have no power to impress the mind without the exquisite horror of their reality”. Since the rise of alphabetic writing more than 4900 years ago, people have expressed their feelings and visions in words and have continuously enriched this database so that we could conceptualize our emotional or physical experiences even better.

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04. August 2014

Why the Baltics won’t become another Ukraine

by Ivan Lavrentjev

ivan-lavrentjev-modifiedWhen the crisis in Ukraine emerged and the peninsula of Crimea was occupied by so-called polite, armed men, people in the Baltics and other regions of the world started to discuss the possibility of Russia moving in on Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania as well.

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