Category Affairs of a Current Nature

1984, Meet 2016

From Brave New World to The Hunger Games, dystopian literature is supposed to provide an entertaining escape from the real world. A warning, perhaps, but also a light reminder that things could always be worse. After today, and many of the unbelievable events of the past year or so, however, dystopian literature is no longer […]

Liberty for Who? America, It’s time to Give Up the Gun

‘Somehow, this has become routine,’ Barack Obama said wearily of the Oregon school shooting in October. ‘The reporting is routine. My response here at this podium ends up becoming routine… We have become numb to this.’ The President of the United States was reduced to reacting to gun violence with exhaustion where once there was […]

Britain: we can do better than rich tea biscuits.

British people are not taking full advantage of the glorious range of biscuit choices out there. Beyond pitying the nation’s taste buds, this is a worrying example of just how far conformity stretches here. Before shutting your laptops and dismissing this as the ravings of a cookie-craving lunatic, ask yourself where the logic lies in choosing a biscuit which both resembles and tastes like cardboard over a chocolate-coated, caramel-filled, or pink-coloured treat?

A Profile Picture Should Not be a Political Statement

When I woke up on Saturday morning in the wake of the Islamic State attacks in Paris, I opened Facebook hoping to see numerous articles, live updates, and first-response opinion pieces about the events of the night before. I was instead bombarded with a never-ending stream of profile pictures updated with a French flag filter, […]

Fake is a Four-Letter Word

  Essena O’Neil has shot to fame after having a breakdown on social media. The Instagram and YouTube star (I had never heard of her before her weepy retreat from the public eye went viral, either) recently posted a video announcing she was quitting social media*. The world’s press jumped on the story. You can see […]