America’s divided soul
(7 minute read) Maddy Fry traces the polarization in US society to historic damaging changes in how people consume media.
The triumph of the playboy: how the sexual revolution has turned against women
(4 minute read) Two leading feminist authors talk about sex and ask whether changes from the 1960s onwards have helped or harmed women. Michael Kirke listened in.
Sinister sounds: How the phonetics of scare words amplify their meaning
John Kline reflects on how scare words like ‘racist’ and ‘hate’ are designed to rattle us.
Learning to love your body
(3 minute read) Nicole Law explores the internal battles which lead to acceptance of our appearance.
Press power and infobesity
(3 minute read) Nicole Law calls for readers to adopt a healthier diet of news and opinion.
Faking the past: when debunking becomes distorting
(5 minute read) An exhibition about the Emperor Nero made Lisa Fraser ask how we should deal with history's 'fake news'.
The news will make you dumb
(6 minute read) Allen Mendenhall suggests a novel approach to staying informed, consuming news and understanding current affairs.
The cruelty of commercialised sex
(6 minute read) Our commercially sexualised culture is leading ever more young men into hatred and violence, argues Edmund Adamus.
The changing shape of journalism
(7 minute read) Maddy Fry analyses big changes in the UK media landscape, and asks where journalism goes from here.
Editorial: All change, please!
(5 minute read) Words can be like old friends. You don’t come across them for years and then they pop up, return to prominence and become once more part of your everyday life.