Morphing into and from different forms, legibility is a force of nature that has flown under the radar for most of human history. What is legibility? Has its consequences brought out more bad than good? From the Enlightenment to High Modernism to Dataism, I explore the harm that this decoding and recoding force inflicts on the human condition.
Dec 27: More than thirty people, including children, killed in Myanmar by state military, NASA launches $10 billion James Webb Space Telescope, World Food Program “forced” to cut aid to Yemen amid fund shortage.
The United States of America has pulled out of Afghanistan after almost two decades – this would be the longest international conflict America has ever fought, surpassing the Vietnam War. Apart from the invasion and occupation of Afghanistan, Ryan from the IAS Gazette looks back at two other instances of foreign interventions in the domestic affairs of other states and questions: should states ever intervene in the domestic affairs of other states?
Dec 20: The French flag in Mali’s military base was lowered last Tuesday (Dec 14) after their forces left the city of Timbuktu after nine years, Two police officers and a suspected attacker were killed in bomb blasts at Colombia’s airport, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party suffered a massive loss during the recent by-election last Friday (Dec 17).
Living in the digital age, it is vital to understand the media’s progression and the current information landscape. Awareness of the challenges that an increasingly interconnected world brings considering the way we consume and create content is equally important. However, when considering the future, what is truly critical is not figuring out how to grapple with these new developments. The focus should instead be on discovering a renewed purpose in using media and information literacy to benefit from the media’s strengths — making it a useful servant, not master of content.
Dec 13: The EU and US have coordinated efforts against Russia should Moscow proceed with an invasion of Ukraine, Cambodia’s Hun Sen expressed that he will “work with” the Myanmar Junta, Nicaragua formally breaks diplomatic ties with Taiwan in favour of Beijing’s “One China” policy.
The Asia 2021 Public Diplomacy Conference provided a detailed review of China’s emerging digital public diplomacy tactics. Using positive and constructive media to further their “waixuan” (external propaganda) goals; waixuan allows China to remake itself to a whole new audience. In this article, Aneesha from the IAS Gazette examines China’s public diplomacy operations on two social media platforms, Weibo and Twitter, to demonstrate this.
Dec 6: Conservative US Supreme Court Justices signal support for abortion restrictions, Iran nuclear talks stall again as Tehran strengthens stance, Hunger in Latin America up by 30 per cent from last year – highest in last 20 years.
Some tend to shy away when it comes to politics, but what is politics? Why is political apathy so concerning and how big of an impact can be created when youths are politically interested anyway? Sherry from the IAS Gazette explores political apathy and its consequences, especially with the prevalence of youth diplomacy in the global landscape.