Rabia Khan writes on the everyday difficulties of university life for women in the sub-continent. ‘My mom asked me to send her a picture of what I was wearing.’ All of us flinch. ‘OMG, same.’ More flinching. ‘What did you do?’ ‘I stopped replying.’ All of us laugh. I can’t say if this is something all girls living away from home at university experience but … Continue reading When A Desi Girl Goes to University
The words we use matter. Be it ‘junkie’ instead of ‘addict’ or ‘she had a few drinks’ versus ‘she took drugs’ the words chosen shape the emotional response. The callous attitude which wants us to maintain criminal penalty for petty drug possession is not one premised in practicality or reasonableness. It is an ideological belief that sees drug users as impure and addicts as a … Continue reading Drug Possession: The Criminalization Of Youth
Dr. Cornell West provides some excellent insight into the role of hope, imagination and empathy in carving a better more just world in the face of catastrophe and misery. Quoting some of the worlds best known dreamers and doers, West offers a compelling vision of justice and how it differs from the bitter and counter intuitive idea of revenge or retribution. A must watch! Continue reading What is The Difference Between Justice & Revenge?
In this riveting exchange Guardian journalist Owen Jones interviews Scottish genius and highly offensive comedian Frankie Boyle. Boyle who has a huge social media following is back on the BBC after it was rumoured he was permanently banned for “offensive” material on the queen and autism. Yet he recently returned with a new hit satire show “New World Order” on BBC 2. He is a well … Continue reading Frankie Boyle on Grenfell Tower, Being Offensive & The “Outrage” Media
Afua Hirsch describes how segregating children based on their parents faith harms integration and divides communities. As school is an integral part of preparing a child for life surely they should be in an environment where they are exposed to people from all backgrounds, make friends and learn to respect and tolerate everyone’s views. Rather than being in an artificial, concentrated bubble of like minded … Continue reading Why Religious Schooling Should Be Abolished
What makes a video go viral? Is it a formula or is it just something elusive and unpredictable? trying to make content that will go viral can be a dangerous game for content creators, limiting their creativity or trying to tailor their talents to what they think people like, rather than just trusting their gut with what is actually good content. Unfortunately we have an … Continue reading What Makes A Video Go Viral?
Inventor, Entrepreneur and Englineer discusses what he views as the most important work to be doing if he was a young person in 2017. Musk has been at the centre of the conversation around artificial intelligence and sustainable energy consumption over the past 15 years. He is ranked the 21st most influential people in the world and his current company SpaceX are working on a … Continue reading What Would Elon Musk Be Working On If He Was 22?
Are humans just naturally lazy, comfort and pleasure seeking beings? Or do we really want dignity and fulfilment? in this riveting excerpt professor Noam Chomsky discusses how the billions upon billions of dollars spent on advertising has been used to psychologically manipulate are ideas of what we want. Tracing trends from the industrial revolution of the 1800’s to the educated poor in the 1930’s, Chomsky … Continue reading What Do Humans Really Want?
Katherine Maher, executive director at the Wikimedia Foundation discusses how Wikipedia went from a site loaded with errors and false information to the world’s trusted open encyclopedia. Through the process of constant self improvement and a dedication to ensuring accurate information, Wikipedia shows that sorting fact from fiction is a much easier job than has been made out from public figures such as Hillary Clinton … Continue reading Wikipedia Proves Fake News Hysteria is Bullsh*t
How do you know if you’re an artist? Do you actually need advice or do you just want reaffirmation of what you already know? This is a riveting collection of words from some of the worlds best artistic minds such as Marina Abramovic and Wim Wenders. Continue reading How Do You Know if You’re An Artist?