Denyse O'Leary

Denyse O’Leary is an author, journalist, and blogger who has mainly written popular science and social science. Fellow Canadian Marshall McLuhan’s description of electronic media as a global village means that we continually encounter our whole world in our own homes. The age of information is, for better and worse, overtaking the age of materialism. The limiting commodity in new media is not money but time, not material goods but attention. The implications have hardly begun to sink in.

She lives in Ottawa, Canada, with Tom, Dick, and Harry, who got drafted into the information revolution by getting microchipped at the cat hospital.

What can we do about fake news that would not diminish real news?
12 Jan 2017 | CONNECTING |  
tags: China, Facebook, fake news
Critics of 'fake news' should go to China --- only the government has the right to post fake news.

Does fake news make a difference in politics?
11 Jan 2017 | CONNECTING |  
tags: 2016 elections, fake news, media
Or is the term just sour grapes from journalists and politicians who misread the electorate?

What is fake news? Do we actually believe it?
10 Jan 2017 | CONNECTING |  
tags: fake news, media
Most of the magazines in your supermarket peddle it week after week

The alt right, Donald Trump, and - oddly enough - Darwin
24 Nov 2016 | FEATURES |  
tags: alt right, conservatism, Darwinism
Anyone not committed to Darwinian survival of the fittest cannot be 'alt right'.

Why the mainstream media was doomed to call the US election wrong
15 Nov 2016 | FEATURES |  
tags: 2016 elections, media, medial political coverage
The traditional gatekeeper are rapidly losing viewers, advertisers, and staff and fading into irrelevance

Christian racism? Election years bring dangerous creatures from the shadows
7 Nov 2016 | FEATURES |  
tags: 2016 elections, alt-right, Darwinism, evolution
The alt-right is peddling some bizarre theories

Children are at risk when they exist only to enact parents’ beliefs
27 Oct 2016 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: repressed memory syndrome, transgenderism
Transgender tots? Part III: the sad lives of poster children

Unravelling ‘recovered memories’
26 Oct 2016 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: repressed memory syndrome, transgender parenting, transgenderism
Transgender tots? Part II: How did cognitive psychologists go about unravelling the increasingly frenzied stories?

Transgender tots? ‘Recovered memories’ hysteria is a warning from recent history
25 Oct 2016 | CONJUGALITY |  
tags: repressed memory syndrome, transgender parenting, transgenderism
Claims that gratify cultural needs are often accepted without good evidence

How the internet is changing the way we live
22 Sep 2016 | CONNECTING |  
tags: free speech, internet
A new book by British academic Timothy Garton Ash is a magisterial look at free speech in an ultra-connected world

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