For the second time in three months, I’ve marked myself as safe during a terror incident. Here is why I'd do so again.
The way we react and talk about trauma has changed thanks to the rise of social media and 24-hr news cycles. Recently, we saw this following the massacre in Orlando, the murder of MP Jo Cox, the EU Referendum more generally. All very different events. All followed by outpourings of grief, condolence, anger, support that went viral and … Continue reading On Silence & Speaking Up (Or Why Our Voices Matter)
Every so often I have these days where I slightly freak out and panic. Not in an anxiety way. No, no, no. It’s not sinister. It’s kind of the opposite. More like excitement. Intense. Scary. Exhilarating. Excitement. Like a ‘holy shit the world is so big and how did you pull that off and how … Continue reading PERSONALbrand IDENTITYcrisis: Risk Taking, Self Making
Slacktivism is a funny little hybrid word - a portmanteau of ‘slacker’ and ‘activism’. It applies to ‘actions taken to bring about political or social change but requiring only minimal commitment, effort, or risk’, but more generally referring to the casual liking or retweeting of political or issue-led content online in lieu of mobilising IRL. Over the … Continue reading Slacktivism: How powerful is online activism?
“For last year's words belong to last year's language And next year's words await another voice.” ― T.S. Eliot. 🌟✨#HappyNewYear 2⃣0⃣1⃣6⃣✨🌟 — Bibliophilia (@Libroantiguo) December 31, 2015 I’m not usually one for New Year Resolutions. I guess because I’ve always had a very obvious direction: complete this course, finish this class, attain that grade, … Continue reading Something Like Gumption: New Year 2016
Cats. Love them or loathe them, they’re everywhere. I mean literally everywhere. They prowl down the streets, curl up outside cafes, pad through the pages of your web browser, and tumble through adverts selling crap you never knew you ever wanted. They’re also used as a kind of cuteness therapy. Having a bad day? Here’s … Continue reading 15 life lessons from cats
In January, Emma Watson spoke of her pride in being part of the HeForShe movement. She told us that feminism is a matter for both genders, and has benefits for women and men. When Matt Haig expressed an interest in writing about gender, however, twitter descended. Why? Can a man not write a feminist novel?
The release of Zoe Sugg’s first book emphasised her enviable, much-loved status. Girl Online disappeared off shelves faster than Harry Potter, but the backlash when her ghostwriter was revealed showed the dark side of pop-publishing.
Collectivity and collaboration have fast become the default mode of the 21st century, but what do we prefer? The blogger? The vlogger? Let's have a look.
Katie Hopkins, professional motor mouth, socially-accepted Troll. Why do we give her 'rent-a-gob' opinions a platform but not others? Why shouldn't we feed the Trolls?