Rhodri Marsden

Rhodri Marsden is the Technology Columnist for The Independent; he has also written about crumpets, Captain Beefheart, rude place names and string. He's also a musician who plays in the band Scritti Politti, and won the under-10 piano category at the 1980 Watford Music Festival by playing a piece called "Silver Trumpets" with verve and aplomb.

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Life on Marsden: What if we didn't spend so much time ruminating? Think about it…

I have literally no idea what I'm doing, and if there's a phrase that sums up these weekly missives I hope it's that one. I work in an industry where you're generally required to be bold, forthright and assured, to express opinions forcefully and then let everyone know you've expressed some forceful opinions in a series of self-aggrandising announcements on social media. Instead, I've opted to express uncertainty and confusion. I've ruminated on my anxiety over misread signals, racist jokes, swearing barbers an d awkward silences to provide reassuring solidarity for anyone as fretful as I am. But I haven't come up with many answers, and I still experience great unease. Rumination is vexing.

Diane von Furstenberg models in futuristic glasses at last autumn’s New York Fashion Week

Why Angela Ahrendts to Apples is a natural move: Tech form now matters as much as tech function

Geek and chic finally become bedfellows on the catwalk

Life on Marsden: Gambling to beat boredom is not such a winning idea, it turns out

As instructed, I thought about the sizeable £31,000 prize

Mugshot of TV and radio host Larry King (1998) (Getty Images)

Cyber Culture: Mugshots are forever (well, that's what website blackmailers would like you to believe)

One of the perils of the internet is that one moment of stupidity can lead to a lifetime of infamy. Many of us have embarrassing moments immortalised online, text or pictures that have been digitally embalmed and are stubbornly resistant to any attempts to have them removed. All we can do is reconcile ourselves to it being out there and keep our fingers crossed that no one finds it.

Cyber Culture: We're a nation of mobile network non-movers

The free-market utopia is one where competition is vicious and consumers can easily switch allegiances on a whim. We've seen that in action with the aggressive marketing policies of energy suppliers; I know people who still willingly sign forms on the doorstep at the request of anyone holding a clipboard.

Cyber Culture: Likes, dislikes and the strange folk who buy them online

Earlier this week I saw someone mention on Twitter that they'd just seen a gig flyer where the band had proudly included their current total of Facebook likes alongside the date, the venue and the price of admission. We're now living in a world where this kind of running tally is deemed to be important information, that the quality of something can be deduced from the number of people who've taken a fraction of a second to thumb something up online.

A stressful burden: it is becoming increasingly difficult to manage the constant flood of communication

Impotent email: Is there a clever way to work out what's worth reading?

Social media was meant to make emails obsolete, but we're still at the mercy of our inboxes, says Rhodri Marsden

Life on Marsden: I'm fundamentally unable to communicate with small children

I've developed a coping mechanism of making a comically stern face and leaving the room whenever I don't know what to say back to them

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