Tag: news

Oxford’s Libraries Should Be Open and Free To The Public

In the last two years, over 100 public libraries across the UK have been forced to close down. A further 500 are now being run by all-volunteer workforces, often made up of retirees working for nothing to keep their local communities alive. Even in the best-case scenario, volunteer-run libraries lack oversight and accountability, let alone ...

The Prison of New Technology

There is a line in Neil Postman’s Amusing Ourselves to Death that has been haunting me for months now. It reads in part: “people will come to love their oppression, to adore the technologies that undo their capacities to think.” The idea is counter-cultural. We believe, intrinsically, that new technologies empower us to think. The ...

The Cinema Rosa – Now on Kickstarter

The Cinema Rosa has just been launched on Kickstarter. We need your help to make the game a reality.

The Systematic Mistreatment of Casual Workers

* This is an article written by Chloe Byrne, featuring quotations from myself and others on casual work and employment laws. Casual employees within the retail and hospitality sectors are often systematically exposed to wage theft and mistreatment by employers, industry sources have said. An expectation of working unpaid hours outside of rostered shifts has ...

Why Do People Feel Alone in Cities?

Humans need each other in order to survive. Not necessarily in a physical sense, but in a deeply psychological sense. Time spent apart from each other is destructive in an ultimate way; we tend to lose our minds. We are generally happier when in close contact with others, and especially so when we have a ...

We Should Have a 15 Hour Working Week (Says an Economist from 1930)

By 2030, Keynes wrote, we should all be working 15 hours a week at full time wages (not pro rata). The question why haven't we got there yet? I answered in a previous post, which you can read by clicking the link. Here, I share John Maynard Keynes' full essay from 1930 on the topic. At ...

Young People Are Ignored by the Mainstream Media

In 1997, Gangland: cultural elites and the new generationalism dominated Australia’s book scene. Arguing that young people were under-represented in Australia’s mainstream media, subjected to ‘moral panics’ and increasingly demonised by the press, the book painted a picture of youth culture in crisis.