Why Clerys is Gone – the Real Reason

My very first ‘real’ job was in Clerys. It was in Principles (long lost to the recession) on the first floor, where fashion went to die. I remember laughing together with my friend at the weirdness of it all. It was like stepping through a time warp – a sort of purgatory of oversized knickers…

The Psychology of Digital Addiction

Final one in this series on neuroscience and digital for the moment. This is a slightly extended version of the piece I wrote for the Sunday Business Post last week, to include so tips on using digital most effectively in your day to day life. Interestingly, these guys really seem to know what they are…

The Digital Divide: Understanding Our Relationships and Behaviour Online

There’s been a lot of talk recently about how – in this digital age – can brands navigate their ‘relationships’ with consumers (i.e. ‘people’ if you’re a hip-down-to-the-beat-brand that doesn’t go in for such labels). There has also been a lot of hyped-up talk about ‘youths’ relationship with each other over digital. And I have to say,…

Time to Call ‘Bullshit’ on Nostalgia (or ‘Why We Need to Dump the Christmas Jumper’)

Nostalgia – a “wistful or excessively sentimental sometimes abnormal yearning for return to or of some past period or irrecoverable condition“. So says some online dictionary I just googled there. Throughout history, when a lack of belief or an uncertainty in the future found a home in our collective conscious, nostalgia suddenly becomes de rigueur.  It’s something the victorians were…

The Problem with Irish Ad Agencies

So Shane O’Leary just published this post about youth in advertising – asking why Irish adland is so afraid to let us take on leadership roles. Kudos to Shane. Have a read of it there first. (I know, I know – nobody ever comes back when you link them off into the depths of the internet…

It’s Time for the Internet of Ideas

(reboot) Back in November The Web Summit arrived in Dublin. And for a brief, beautiful week, nerds ruled the streets. Publicans wondered bemusedly at their sudden shortage of craft beer, delinquent ‘youths’ in Temple Bar were temporarily scared off by desperate start ups, begging them to invest. People with Google Glass could actually walk around…

20% Mortgage Deposits – There really is no Place like Home

There’s no place like home, apparently. But thanks to the latest plans from Central Bank it looks like I’ll  never figure that out for myself. Of all the stupid ideas to be considered (even counting the privatisation of Irish Water), 20% mortgages has to be the worst of them. A monkey’s fart could probably consider the economic…