The government is launching a new campaign this week to encourage better reading among the young: "Read On. Get On". Based on a report that links the inability to "read well" with potential joblessness later in life, it's the latest of many articles and reports bemoaning a decline in traditional reading skills among young people.
'Look Up' presents nothing particularly novel in its message, yet it has inevitably captured the zeitgeist of the modern age: a precarious blend of excitement and dread has consumed - and will continue to consume- a species that shares an increasingly close relationship with the technology we have created.
Despite 'snake oil' claims from many security product vendors, there are no silver bullets and security is no longer simply a question of building up the walls around your business, you need to have threat visibility across your entire enterprise and deal directly with the issue quickly and efficiently. Only by deploying a solution to execute on the entire lifecycle of the threat can you ensure you are protected before, during and after the attack.
Few things are guaranteed to annoy a doctor more than the suggestion that he or she can easily be replaced by a machine - surely, we argue, a computer can never replace the subtlety and complexity of medicine - yet this is exactly what some technology experts are suggesting will happen in the near future - can they be right and should we be worried?
It is a very sorry state we live in when a wish to help young people is instantly assumed to be malign. I absolutely know where it comes from, and have a huge amount of sympathy for it. But, I know I must support and encourage men to challenge the assumptions, they will provide positive male role models which buck the trend, and show all of us better ways are possible.