The BackShop Journal

A Web Magazine of Arts, Culture and Orthodox Christian Spirituality

  • A Short Rumination on the Hypnotic Effect of Computer Screens and Social Networks

    Have you ever had difficulties walking away from your shiny laptop or smart phone screen? Do you have a site, like Facebook or some other social network, which you have to keep checking every 15-20 minutes all day long? If the answer is yes, it is not surprising, since looking at your favourite webs...
  • A Short Rumination on a Significant Event that Took Place 100 Years Ago

    Exactly 100 years ago, Lenin, Trotsky, and their Bolshevik wing of the Social Democratic Labour Party were preparing for the final strike, the October coup that brought suffering and death to millions of people in Russia and the Soviet Union. Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov was supported by the German Keise...
  • A Short Rumination on Knowledge

    When we talk about knowledge, we mostly think about the accumulation of facts and figures. For the modern man, "to know something" means having the experience to perform an action, and having the information that can be put to use. But it wasn't always like that. Up to the 17th century, knowledge si...
  • A Short Rumination on Progress

    There is one major flaw in the perception of history in the Western world. Most people are convinced that the world and humanity is making a constant progress. The prevailing worldview is that human beings are improving in one way or another, and that our lives are continuously getting better. In...
  • A Short Rumination on Time in Arrival

    In one of the last scenes of the movie Arrival (2016), the viewer realizes that everything intentionally presented and inevitably perceived as reminiscences is actually taking place in the future, meaning that the presumed flashbacks were, in fact, "flashforwards." By "cracking" the aliens' wri...
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A Short Rumination on the Hypnotic Effect of Computer Screens and Social Networks
Have you ever had difficulties walking away from your shiny laptop or smart phone screen? Do you have a site, like Facebook or some other social network, which you have to keep checking every 15-20 minutes all day long? If the answer is yes, it is not surprising, since looking at your favourite webs...
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