The Two Surprising Qualities of Successful Writers

Novelist Jonathan Safran Foer beautifully dissects the mythology surrounding writers block. “In my experience my students and fellow writers rarely lack creative ideas but more often develop a sense of not caring or not being emotionally invested in their ideas.” His plethora of experience offers an interesting perspective on how imagination should trump efficiency and how some of the best writers he knows wrote books which … Continue reading The Two Surprising Qualities of Successful Writers

Why Mainstream Journalism has Failed – Soledad O’Brien

Soledad O’Brien is a brilliant journalist. So good CNN felt they had to axe her for exposing politicians so much they were turning down appearances on the channel. In this segment she returns as a guest lampooning the false equivalent back & forth coverage of Trump & Clinton. While Clinton has called out Trump for normalizing white supremacy, she has provided concrete evidence of rallies, … Continue reading Why Mainstream Journalism has Failed – Soledad O’Brien

Okay You Don’t Like Capitalism But What Do You Really Want?

    In this thought provoking video philosopher Slavoj Žižek says its time to stop protesting against capitalism, take a step back and actually think what you really want as an alternative. What can you do to dismantle the market structure without regressing into a 20th Century communist system of servitude and domination? Slavoj Žižek is a Slovenian philosopher and cultural critic. He is a professor … Continue reading Okay You Don’t Like Capitalism But What Do You Really Want?

Where is This Post Brexit Apocalypse Anyway?

This may sound painstakingly obvious but here goes: Britain has not left the EU yet. Why then are we inundated with reports in various media outlets saying “pound has stabalised post Brexit” or “consumer confidence back to pre-referendum levels” nothing has happened yet! These brash articles might as well be in the Horoscope section. We should hold off on crystal ball analysis and wait until … Continue reading Where is This Post Brexit Apocalypse Anyway?

Cynical Advertising & Obesity: How The Industry Hijacked Food

I wrote an article back in 2014 documenting the pernicious role advertising & marketing were playing in the obesity epidemic. From Coca Cola’s have your ‘name on a bottle’ campaign or highly refined Cereal companies offering toys in their boxes, or huge Sports Stars advertising McDonald’s & Subway like its staple of their diet, the food industry pays huge money to manipulate how we perceive food. It’s … Continue reading Cynical Advertising & Obesity: How The Industry Hijacked Food

Power to The Consumer: How Social Media Changed Music Forever

As I discussed in another media outlet in 2014 It’s hard to believe that only five years ago consumers were forking out $15 for an artists album of 11 tracks. With today’s streaming industry, services such as Spotify have given us access to unlimited libraries of music for as little as $8 p/m. This shift in power from industry to consumer is seismic. And now artists … Continue reading Power to The Consumer: How Social Media Changed Music Forever