Review: The origins of ‘just in time’ production

The BBC Radio 4 Money Programme edition Total Recall: The Toyota Story recounts Toyota’s major vehicle recall in the context of the company’s history. Though it takes far too long to do it, and is accompanied by annoying music, it gets interesting about 20m in when it describes Toyota’s ‘just in time’ production model (inspired […]

Review: Nesta: Pulling the plug: what should a human-centric European Internet look like?, 2018

On Wednesday early evening in London Nesta is hosting the first of a series of provocations on ‘how European citizens can retake control over the future of the internet’. Pulling the plug: what should a human-centric European Internet look like? Is part of the Next Generation Internet initiative, the European Commission’s programme focused on building […]

Review: The working life of David Bowie documentary

One year on, a lovely BBC Bowie documentary – David Bowie: The Last Five Years – featuring many of his close friends and artistic and other collaborators reflecting on how he worked, and how he revealed he was dying. It focuses on his last two albums, The Next Day and Blackstar, and his play Lazarus, […]

Review: The (wonderful) World of Charles and Ray Eames

There is a great new show at the Barbican Art Gallery: The World of Charles and Ray Eames opened this week, and runs until 14 February. It is curated by Catherine Ince (@InceCatherine) in collaboration with the still extant Office Charles and Ray Eames (@eamesoffice), which kindly allowed me to use a wonderful Eames’ sketch […]

Review: InRealLife documentary sees the life in technology

Seasoned documentary maker Beeban Kidron‘s film InRealLife is an investigation into the relationship of teenagers, digital technology and the Internet, taking as its subjects British teenagers in particular, and Western youth in general. It begins with an extended interview with two teenage boys talking about their use of porn, and how they remember pornographic images […]