Facebook, Trump and Freedom of Speech

Whatever your opinion may be of Donald Trump, he has mastered the art of social media. Boasting over 6 million followers on twitter (the most out of any presidential candidate) his account regularly posts incendiary remarks to garner attention from the media and to fire up his supporters. Through a cleverly crafted series of hashtags designed to discredit opponents and pander to voters (#LyingTed, #LowEnergy and of course #MakeAmericaGreatAgain) Trump remains controversial enough to keep himself in the spotlight and entertaining enough to maintain and bolster his followers.

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Why Science Will Never Be Right

Inevitably, those of us within society who aren’t professional scientists have to take the majority of science on dependence. One of the things that makes it so straightforward to trust the generic view of theories such as evolution, in particular, are the unknown specified areas of science, too intricate for the average being.  Continue reading “Why Science Will Never Be Right”

Eating Disorder Awareness: Time to Act

I passed a sign this week that said 1 in 5 people at university will be affected by a mental health problem; I couldn’t shake this off for the rest of the day. I don’t know if it was the fact that it was the number 5, over the past 3 years 5 of my friends have had anorexia, or maybe it was the fact that a few hours later I got a text to say that one of my friends was going into hospital, or maybe it was the fact that it’s national eating disorder week.

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Should We Decriminalise Drugs?

There is no doubt, that the current hold on drugs is not greatly effective in reducing the number of drug users and drugs throughout the nation. With this is mind, could the decriminalization of drugs actually solve the problem of drug abuse and have a positive impact on future generations?

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The Demise of the Printed Press

Towards the end of March, The Independent will be the first national newspaper to cease all print editions. The 30-year-old newspaper heralded the move to an online-only format as visionary, but many have viewed the shift with growing melancholy, speculating that it represents the demise of the broadsheet newspaper, and of the printed press as a whole.

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The ‘Glamorous’ Life of a Model

New York Fashion Week has concluded, and the likes of Marc Jacobs, Tommy Hilfiger and Tom Ford have embraced us with extravagant yet exquisite attire, with surreal silhouettes pacing in formation down the catwalk.

After each show and exhibition, one can glimpse into the glamorous lives of the world’s highest earning models such as Kendall Jenner, Karlie Kloss and Kate Moss. However, apart from their life of constant beautification, exercise and photographs, what else do these affluent women do? Continue reading “The ‘Glamorous’ Life of a Model”

If Women Went to Eton

Their roll call of alumni is like no other and in all walks of public life Old Etonians are prominent.

From Bond (Ian Fleming) to Boris Johnson, Damian Lewis to David Cameron, Eton’s hallowed halls have conceived politicians, novelists, clerics, actors, academics, athletes and a whole host of royalty.

One might well suggest that Eton is the most powerful institution in the world.

And yet Eton, for all its influence, remains one of the most exclusive clubs globally, existing not just for the privileged but solely for those with a Y chromosome. Half the population, regardless of their status in life, can never profit from an Eton education. The irony of (actor du jour and Eton alumni) Eddie Redmayne’s rousing cry in Les Misérables, “Do you hear the people sing?”, is not lost.

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