Can We Please Be Friends?

 It may have been complacency, but I really didn’t think we were going to leave the EU yesterday morning. I had been predicting results based upon my Facebook feed, unaware that I lived in quite such a London liberal bubble. I have felt the initial fear, the anxiety and worry …

Patriotism for the Brits

Today is St. George’s Day. Did you know that? And if you did know, do you care? A recent YouGov survey has shown that patriotism is decreasing amongst young Brits. Only 15% of 18-24 year-olds are ‘very’ patriotic. In fact, when YouGov tested Brits on the ‘Life in the UK’ exam …

A Manifesto for Empathetic Journalism

Every year, ad agency JWT publishes a trend report predicting what will be big in culture the following year. And for 2016, the number 1 trend in culture was something surprising in its non-newness: empathy.  “From computer games designed to promote empathy to new empathy-based social networks…empathy – its importance, …

A Manifesto for Empathetic Journalism

Every year, ad agency JWT publishes a trend report predicting what will be big in culture the following year. And for 2016, the number 1 trend in culture was something surprising in its non-newness: empathy.  “From computer games designed to promote empathy to new empathy-based social networks…empathy – its importance, …

3 Months In: Features

Features are our chance to really explore something that matters. Here are some of our best. dott takes a look at the secret world of Take That fans. Bella Saltiel looks at non-monogamous relationships, and whether they are so different from the arbitrary rules of dating we set ourselves in London. …

Liver Birds

1. Trains passed in a tunnel: an exaltation of locomotion and near-death. A rush of carriages erupted from the expressionless dark. Hurtling carriages offered an epileptic sputum of opposing travellers. Passengers furiously merged. Watery eyes floated free from sockets. Lips dragged together in an interrupted stream. Twenty carriages of bodies …

Inside/Outside: What Prisons Say About Our Social Values

The incarceration rate of the UK – around 145 people per every 100,000 – is about the midpoint worldwide. The United States, for example, incarcerates their citizens at a much higher rate. However, with a prison population that has doubled in the last 20 years, the UK has the most …

Is Modern Technology Killing Children’s Creativity?

“All children do these days is watch videos on…what is it…FaceTube?” – a common complaint of the older generation everywhere. But is it fair? Have children lost something through being born in a digital age? M. Menckens, pessimist extraordinaire, explores. Usually I am very cynical on the subject matter of technology …

Boring Stories

Boring stories. We’ve all either been victim or culprit, and the reactions are all too familiar. Noting a gap in ongoing conversation, and a relevant topic we can hook ourselves onto, we gain the attention of the floor. As we set the scene, our captive audience awaits. We draw them …

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