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Hip Hop and the American dream

By reducing the culture of Hip Hop to money and sex, it is inevitable that its greatest powers will be lost in analysis. Basing the American Dream on the same two notions is bound to result in misinterpretation.
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Should you bother with ambition?

There are some topics of conversation that really are the death knell of any further frivolous conversation. Save to Buy ISAs, rent prices in London, tax breaks for the super-rich… Actually no, scratch that last one, I’m sure there’s comedy to be made out of that. But still, these are heavy subjects that are usually incongruous with the kind of atmosphere I  want to evoke at a dinner party I attend. To say the least. 
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The six month time limit that makes access to justice ...

Domestic abuse is not classified as a criminal offence on its own. Suspects are charged with offences related to domestic abuse - namely harassment, common assault, grievous or actual bodily harm, sexual assault etc. The offences listed, excluding common assault, are classified as indictable offences.
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Prime Minister deplores plastic recycling but supports oil drilling

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has caused some debate after discouraging the recycling of plastics during a Downing Street press conference with schoolchildren on Monday, ahead of the COP26 climate change summit. Johnson argued we should reduce our plastic use rather than rely on reprocessing:
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Good propaganda goes under the radar

The scene is thus; Bill’s in Nottingham, precisely five minutes before they stop selling breakfast on a Sunday. Three friends (actually four if I include myself, and was teased enough in my teens that even I often forget to include myself) are hunched over a table in the sort of way you only can if you’ve been unwittingly repatriated by the maître’d from a pleasant four-person table outside in the sun, to an anxiety-inducing indoor bar stool table. Clearly, the ...
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Why is everyone so obsessed with Squid Game?

(Warning: This article contains minor spoilers for the Netflix show Squid Game)
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Commons as anti-neoliberal projects? Tracking a non-capitalist way of living.

The dissemination of neoliberal rationality across the world has resulted in a homogenous society manifesting the archaic economic archetype; homo economicus. Commons and commoning are contrary to this inclusive logic. Commons have been around for centuries providing subsistence to commoners through value practices. There still exist pre-capitalist commons providing subsistence to an estimated two billion people around the world. For the purposes of our discussion, I focus on commons as systems of social formation that transcend neoliberal mentality, in the ...
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Violence Against Women Needs to End: The Death of Sabina ...

TW: Murder and Assault Yet another young woman has been murdered. When will it ever be safe for women to walk anywhere, regardless of the time of day, without the ever-increasing fear of being physically or sexually attacked? It’s time to call on those in power and to re-educate everyone that this is not a woman’s problem. This is a man’s problem.
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Why is cyber flashing still not recognised as illegal?

TW: Sexual Assault and Violence. A report released by the University of Leicester found that 33% of women had been cyber flashed. Additionally, a UN Women report found that 86% of 18-24 year olds had experienced sexual harassment in a public place. One third of this 86% stated that they had been sent unsolicited explicit images.
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Society: Comedic Criminals: HA HA HA(VE) We Become Too ...

The Battle Between ‘Right Wing’ Comedy and its Liberal ‘Snowflake’ Spectatorship. The Liberal and Right-Wing Battle/Narrative. Journalist George Monbiot poses the concept that ‘it is not strong leaders or parties that dominate politics as much as powerful narratives.’[1]Whilst Monibot’s sentiment is very much true in the sense that a powerful narrative can influence the societal perception of certain issues, it should also be understood that within the realms of comedy both politics, public sensitivity and narrative are strong elements that ...