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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

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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

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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

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The Sky Is Not What Changes

I have looked at the sky at different times. It has been bright during the day, and starless dark late at night. I have stared at the sky while the winter wind whipped my cheeks, but I have also gazed at it when the summer sun toasted them tenderly. The truth is there is no special time to stare at the sky, except when the moon and stars are gloriously out for unusual attention. The sky is barely an evidence of change unlike us, the land-dwelling creatures. Continue reading The Sky Is Not What Changes

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Review: Comptoir Libanais’ Veganuary Menu

Comptoir Libanais, tucked away in Guildhall, is a vibrant, homely yet exotic Lebanese restaurant which, like many restaurant chains overwhelming Exeter, has tailored its menu to the cultural January incentive to practice veganism – creatively coined ‘Veganuary.’ Many who opt for this ‘dry’ January of, rather than no alcohol, no meat, dairy and other animal-based products, seek a healthy alternative, a dietary challenge and an experience of eating in a certain way which proclaims to be more environmentally friendly. With veganism on the rise, not only for the month of January, it seems natural for restaurants to want to seize this dietary development and create their own vegan options which do not simply proclaim falafel or chickpeas as their main ingredients. Veganism is a challenge, not only for those pursuing it as their diet for the month of January or the duration of their dietary existence, but also for restaurants who must stand out using what appears to be a limited landscape of ingredients to choose from. Continue reading Review: Comptoir Libanais’ Veganuary Menu