Review: You S2

Hello, you. If you are reading this you, like me, probably managed to binge through all of the addictive You season two in under 24 hours. If you haven’t watched it, I would suggest you stop reading now before I reveal the skeletons in its cupboard. Having only been released just over a month ago, this brand-new series has stalked its way into the hearts and unsettled the minds of its viewers. Continue reading Review: You S2

Saying Goodbye to BoJack Horseman

There are many ways to discuss the legacy of BoJack Horseman. One could talk about how it introduced a whole new era of adult-orientated animation, or how its shift to a darker tone after the first six episodes utilised the new form of binge watching created by the rise of Netflix original content. There are many metrics and viewing figures to explain the impact of BoJack Horseman, but what can’t be directly measured is the impact the stories it has told have had on people’s lives. Continue reading Saying Goodbye to BoJack Horseman

Review: Exeter University Shakespeare Company’s King Lear

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

King Lear is fundamentally a play about intragenerational power struggles, and Exeter University Shakespeare Company’s powerful performance, directed by Megan Shepherd and Matt Smith, explores the intricacies of jealousy, love and madness in a remarkably insightful way. The close environment of the cathedral setting allows the audience to take on the role of Lear’s court, almost becoming part of the painful deterioration of the kingdom. Continue reading Review: Exeter University Shakespeare Company’s King Lear

Review: Jojo Rabbit

My first exposure to Taika Waititi’s latest comedy was during the trailers at the cinema whilst waiting to watch Knives Out, and I distinctly remember feeling… uncomfortable. There’s only so much comedy, perhaps, that one can derive from Nazi jokes in the Twenty-First Century. However, despite feeling initially unsettled by hearing a tiny child utter the phrase “it’s definitely not a good time to be a Nazi” upon hearing of the Allies’ victories, I did find myself intrigued; I hungered to see whether or not watching Waititi prancing around in a Hitler costume with Rebel Wilson really was as amusing as he seemed to make it out to be. Continue reading Review: Jojo Rabbit

TikTok Explained

TikTok is a free app that is available on smart phones. As the most downloaded app on the Apple App store, it has taken millions of users by storm since its global release in 2017. The concept of TikTok is simple but obviously very effective. Users have the ability to make their own 15-60 second videos, adding their own videos, choosing songs or sound effects and other special effects to add to their videos. Therefore, this means people can create their own dances, copy others, make comedy or lip-syncing videos. Once the user is happy with their video, they can publish it to their personal TikTok page and share it on other social media platforms such as Snapchat and Instagram. Once a video is published, other users can like and comment on it and then follow the user. Continue reading TikTok Explained

Western Bias in Media Coverage of Climate Crises

Whilst Australia is burning, Indonesia is drowning. But are you seeing that in our media?

Having spent the majority of my childhood in Sydney, I am all too aware of the level of destruction that Australia is currently facing. Every Christmas my family and I would stay at a friend’s farm in the now notorious town of Cobargo. Present day, their farm has been reduced to ashes and scorched earth. Their neighbours, Patrick and Robert Salway, tragically lost their lives fighting to protect their property from the flames. My best friend faces constant asthma attacks caused by the incessant smoke; Canberra currently has the worst air quality of any major city in the world, with its air quality index reading 20 times above hazardous levels. Down the coast, other family friends have had to be evacuated. To say that the bushfires have obliterated the nation would be an understatement. Continue reading Western Bias in Media Coverage of Climate Crises

Love Island Winter’s Pervasive​ Ethical Problems

Love Island is back and inescapable. Now the addictive reality TV show which reveals a world of drama, suntans and cringe-worthy chat is pestering our screens in the winter. Although it offers nightly entertainment and a much-needed distraction from the classic cold of a miserable British winter, is the show conversely damaging both the contestants and viewers’ ethics by encouraging bullying behaviour and fostering prejudice? Continue reading Love Island Winter’s Pervasive​ Ethical Problems