Voyage into the Known: Back to Roots

Voyage into the Known: Back to Roots

Emerging from lockdown, the masses are mapping out their summer migrations. People aren’t flying far from the nest, only venturing as far as British seaside hotspots and highland peaks. In our last February edition, Theo Dingwall-Main wrote on the loss of cultural authenticity and restricted travel as a result of...

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The Rise of NFTs: Originality in the Digital Age 

The Rise of NFTs: Originality in the Digital Age 

In 1935, when Walter Benjamin analysed the theoretical implications of reproducing a work of art in The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction, he would not have believed what the next 85 years would bring. Benjamin’s work is a rumination on the nature of value; a social...

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Promising Young Woman

Promising Young Woman

This last year film director Emerald Fennell made headlines for being one of three women nominated for Best Director at the 2021 Golden Globes, an award only five women have ever been nominated for in the history of the Awards (Emerald Fennell would go on to win the Oscar for...

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Disco Elysium: The Final Cut

Disco Elysium: The Final Cut

There are few tropes that are as well-worn as the alcoholic detective. Even uncontacted tribesmen in the Amazon basin could probably get the gist of “he’s a loose cannon…but he gets results.” Huge swathes of our televisual landscape and innumerable forests worth of pulp literature are dedicated to badge carrying...

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Games to look out for

Games to look out for

There are many games to look forward to over the next year. Here’s a selection of some that we’re most excited about. Release Date TBA Crash Bandicoot: On the Run! Crash is back but is now on the run and on mobile. Think Temple Run only on Wumpa Island as...

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It’s not just a walk in the park

It’s not just a walk in the park

Gender equality: Dealing with unwanted advances This week I went on a perfectly routine riverside walk, and was twice approached, separately by two men. The first one fairly innocently asked for a date and was gracious enough not to hurl abuse at me when I delivered the obligatory politer version...

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The Psychology of Isolation

The Psychology of Isolation

The Covid-19 pandemic has forced extroverts and introverts alike into their homes since the beginning of 2020, and with the winter months limiting outside activities, the loneliness many people are facing can seem endless. For younger individuals, the loss of quality time with their friends or fun nights out are...

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A Growing Problem: How Global Food Production Is Draining the World’s Water

A Growing Problem: How Global Food Production Is Draining the World’s Water

After oxygen, food and water are the two most fundamental requirements for the existence of life. So what happens when the production of one begins to threaten the security of the other?  The agricultural industry is responsible for 90% of freshwater consumption globally, and 40% of the water it uses...

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Time for communications warfare

Time for communications warfare

Communications warfare will define international relations over the next decade. Changing our approach to the public/private dimension of communications technology is now the only winning strategy. We increasingly rely on communications, especially the speed, complexity and accessibility of digital media, to make sense of and participate in the world around...

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