Showing posts from August, 2019

The Ethics of True Stories in Cinema

Niamh Brook - Writer It’s no question. Audiences love a biopic. We are able to learn with minimal effort in a concise amount of hours. A history lesson for the lazy. A formula is beginning to form in Hollywood (Hollywood making using a formula to make money? I know. What a shock.) A current well known actor playing rock stars or actors who thrived in the past 30 years. Throw in a feel good soundtrack and you’ve got yourself a hit. However, we are not only plagued with the glam rock of the 80’s, period pieces are key in the biopic armada. We’ve seen our fair share in the past year (and a bit) such as, Bohemian Rhapsody, Rocketman, Tolkien, Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile. Each of these films were received from both critics and audiences in a manner of different ways. Tolkein, for example, grossed $7,776,413 worldwide out of an estimated $20,000,000. Where as Bohemian Rhapsody grossed $903,655,259 with a $52,000,000 budget and also nabbed four oscar whilst it was at it. T

The Brutal Bashing of the Brummie Accent

Sophie Bond -   Writer People have personal preferences about almost everything, whether it be a favourite colour or a favourite flavour ice cream; it is down to what the individual prefers. This is no different when it comes to accents - some people cannot stand a Welsh, Geordie, Scouse, Irish accent, but other people love them. I’m sure you have heard someone say something along the lines of ‘she’s lovely, but I just cannot stand her accent’, I’ve heard this about Cheryl Cole and her thick Geordie accent.  The accent which tends to take most of the hate and hostility seems to be the Birmingham accent, for some reason, hardly anyone has a liking towards it. This accent is shown through the series Peaky Blinders. In case you are not familiar with this T.V series, it is set in Birmingham so the majority of the characters have the accent, but as stated by Lauren O’Neill not all of the accents are spot-on; she says some accents are more representative of the Liverpudlian accent. How

The Issue of Invisibility

Eleanor Parsons - Writer From a young age, we are often asked which superpower we would like to have. Most say flying, super-speed or mind-reading. Some say invisibility. However, for those with invisible disabilities, this wish can soon become a nightmare. Through this article, I intend to give an insight into living with invisible illnesses as a young adult, through my own experience and from others around me. Invisible (or hidden) disabilities are often a taboo subject - one of those areas which many people fear discussing, for fear that they too might ‘catch it'. Invisible disabilities can cover a wide range of areas, from mobility conditions and mental health conditions through to epilepsy and many others. There are 13.3 million people registered with a disability in the UK, accounting for nearly 1 in 5 of the population. Far more people will suffer from a hidden disability than one which is physically apparent, but yet those who do are largely ignored within society.

Fixing Democracy - Who Votes?

Daniel Priestley - Writer and Editor In this series of articles I will aim to pick apart and suggest relatively simple alternatives to current democratic tools used in the UK's democracy. The aim is to show how it is not just our politicians that are broken, but the systems that they operate in. Today's topic is compulsory voting. Democratic legitimacy is the concept that a large amount of people in a country should support a person and their ideas in order for them to be entitled to lead. Arguably UK governments struggle to obtain democratic legitimacy for two reasons: the way that we vote and who votes. I have already discussed the way that we vote in the first part in this series (linked here) so we must now turn to who votes in elections, but choose not to. For a government to be legitimate, it needs the full support of the people which rests on the premise that people will exercise their democratic right. In UK elections we have a clear problem of low voter turnout. Fo

Emergent Technology, Social Media and Responding to Crime in Contemporary Society

Eleanor Parsons - Writer Emergent technologies are any technologies, software or hardware developed since the introduction of the Internet. These technologies have sped up globalisation, creating worldwide reaching communication channels which operate in real time. In recent years, the misuse of these technologies has contributed to issues such as increased radicalisation into terrorist organisations through the use of social media, or major international crisis as seen during the Wannacry virus attack in 2017. As such, retrospective legal or political responses to crime no longer meet the risks that misuse of these technologies pose. These responses must now change in order to address the growing contemporary threat. However, where we move to a society of suspicion and monitoring rather than retrospective investigation, we put the whole population at risk of having their civil liberties eroded, and the protective rule of law weakened. The question is, where should the line be draw

Musings on the Popularity of Apple

Matthew Hodder - Writer 1) Introduction: 2007  Whether you like or dislike Apple, it seems difficult to dispute the profound influence of the iPhone when it was first announced in January of 2007. The revolutionary promise of a widescreen iPod with touch-screen controls and the internet changed the face of the smartphone market, but why exactly was it so popular? This article aims to use consumer behaviour theory to explain exactly why the 2007 iPhone was so successful and to analyse the current market for smartphones to some extent. In doing this I will use qualitative data from an iPhone forum at the time, as used by Arruda-Filho, Cabusas and Dholakia (2010), to analyse some of the reasons that consumers so loved the iPhone. Along with this I will explain the concept of convergence in the smartphone market as another reason for the success of the iPhone. 2) Qualitative Data from iPhone users  Arruda-Filho et al. (2010) conducted analysis into social behaviour at around the ti