Child watching TV

Harry Potter vs SpongeBob: the great gulf between children’s books and shows

Over the years, there has been a growing disparity in profundity between children’s books and children’s shows. This is a problem. On screen, when we feed our young ones with inanity, we starve them of thoughtful entertainment and do them a disservice. But what can we do about it?

Keyboard And Cursor

Advertising: the great justifier for all that’s stupid on the Internet

Why do people write fake news? And why do people keep trying to get attention via doing outrageous things on the Internet? While some people really are just nuts, for others, they do it for the lure of advertising revenue.

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How school helped us get to a post-truth world

As students, we are told to build a theory, an argument, or a philosophy—and then, once we have an idea, to go find the facts to legitimise it. Is this a good idea?

Does the Nobel Peace Prize even mean anything anymore? (Hint: it doesn’t.)

This year, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons won the Nobel Peace Prize. But given the state of nuclear tension between the U.S. and North Korea, is it even reasonable to award them the prize?

Apple on Desk. Photo by JJ Thompson on Unsplash.

The real reason we have school

Does anybody remember how to do quadratics? Me neither, and I’m doing it right now. If school isn’t about learning subjects to use in our future careers, what is is for?

Stacked Letters

The invented language more popular than Klingon

Esperanto is a language that was invented by a medical doctor in the 1880s, who desired to create a universal language to promote world peace.

Still from Dunkirk. Courtesy of Warner Brothers and Syncopy

Dunkirk review: a story that emerged through the apparent chaos

Christopher Nolan’s latest film is a masterpiece that draws its strength from its multiple perspectives, non-linear narrative, and its relative lack of dialogue.

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Boku no Hero Academia review: thoughts and themes

Boku no Hero Academia tells the story of world where most people have superpowers, and about a boy who just happens not to have one.

Frame from Heist

Heist: A Stop Motion Short

Heist is a western action comedy about a group of bandits who get more than they bargained for when they try to rob a train.

Notebook and Books

Do authors’ opinions on their own books even matter?

In the age of fanfiction, literary conspiracy theories and all the rest, do authors’ still have the final say in how their books should be interpreted?