Culture

Queer Connections

For millennials and Generation Z, life is increasingly lived online. Friendships are maintained through Whatsapp and Facebook Messenger, news is read on Twitter and relationships are created through Tinder. Outside the social hubs of school and university, online networks such as Twitter and closed Facebook groups can be a great way to find people with similar interests and make new friends. There…

Break Up Disney

Following its recent acquisition of 20th Century Fox, The Walt Disney Company has cemented its place as one of the largest entertainment companies on the planet. From The Simpsons to Star Wars, chances are that in the last few days you’ve watched, read, or listened to something that Disney owns. This follows a worrying trend of media being concentrated in the hands…

Dan Didn’t Start The Fire

If you’ve held more than a passing interest in British vloggers in the past ten years, you’ve probably heard of Dan Howell. Since 2009, the now 27-year-old from Wokingham has been uploading videos to his YouTube channel,  formerly titled “danisnotonfire”, which now has over 6.5 million subscribers. Between 2013 and 2016 he also jointly presented a show on BBC Radio 1 with…

Universal Basic Theatre

When Hamilton came to London back in 2017 it made headlines in the theatre world, and not just because it entered the restored Victoria Palace Theatre with a Broadway parent production which had won eleven Tony Awards. The musical retelling of Ron Chernow’s biography of American founding father Alexander Hamilton sent shockwaves in British theatre because its casting call advertised specifically for…

Sonic Fox and Trans Allyship

Much of the transphobic (and specifically transmisogynistic) rhetoric which is currently so prevalent, both on Twitter and the wider media, centres around the idea that trans women are inherently violent. It is claimed that trans women, along with cis men – even more so than cis men, some imply –are perpetrators of male violence. It is these claims which are frequently used…

Greta Thunberg, Autism and the Media

Autistic people aren’t allowed agency. We just aren’t, especially not when we’re young. We are “pushed” by parents and other influential adults, we are “transed” (turned transgender, because that’s a thing anti-trans activists fear), we are a “patsy” for someone else’s agenda. We are only inspiring if we don’t inspire you to change anything or do something you didn’t already want to…

Time is running out: climate change in the media

Whether a newspaper or television network strives to be “objective” or whether it wears its opinions on its sleeve, it remains a common misconception that all points of view receive an equal share of air-time, and that mass media has a wide and balanced variety of sources to call upon. Nowhere is this fiction more obvious than in the coverage of climate…