This article was published by Unherd on February 25th 2021. Today one of the most prestigious institutions in the art world, the 250-year-old auction house Christie’s, is selling a collection of Instagram posts. Or in its own more reserved language, Christie’s is now “the first major auction house to offer a purely digital work.” The work … Continue reading How much is a high-status meme worth?
Analysing internet memes tends to be self-defeating: mostly their magic comes from a fleeting, blasé irony which makes you look like a fool if you try to pin it down. But sometimes a gem comes along that’s too good to let pass. Besides, the internet’s endless stream of found objects, jokes and observations are ultimately … Continue reading The double nightmare of the cat-lawyer
The likely appointment of Mario Draghi as Italy’s prime minister has been widely, if nervously, greeted as a necessary step. Draghi, an esteemed economist and central banker, will be the fourth unelected technocrat to fill the post in Italy in the last 30 years. As the Guardian concedes by way of welcoming Draghi’s appointment, a ready embrace … Continue reading Gambling on technocrats
This article was first published by The Critic magazine on 2nd February 2021. n the wake of Friday’s decision by the European Union to introduce controls on vaccine exports, there has once again been much alarm about “vaccine nationalism.” This term is meant to pour scorn on governments that prioritise their own citizens’ access to … Continue reading Why accusations of vaccine nationalism miss the mark