English has in the 20th century become the global language. It is the language of trade, diplomacy and the internet. However the increase in international languages, in particular English but also Spanish and Mandarin marginalise smaller languages even within their own homelands. In Indonesia Bahasa
Until the twentieth century Art was mostly about beauty or perfection. Art had to stand apart from everyday life and give someone pause. Art has however morphed into including ugly things, or everyday items that are simply classed as 'art' because someone says it is. How are the critics taken in by
The latest version of Kindle, an online newspaper and magazine repository developed by Amazon, is predicted to 'revolutionise publishing' It can hold up to 1,500 titles, all of which can be downloaded in less than 60 seconds. They vary in cost but most are free. Many people already buy e-Books and
The UK’s knife culture is embodied in ominously high statistics; between 2007 and 2008 some 277 deaths resulted from stabbings in England and Wales, topping figures up to 30 years ago. Media exposure and government concerns ensure public shame and disapproval of belonging to a country which excel
We have it on good authority that the commercialization of festivals and holidays - and objection to the commercialization of festivals and holidays - are ancient. Jesus of Nazareth disrupted a Passover celebration 2,000 years ago when he chased the money changers from the Temple at Jerusalem and sa
Two years ago in November, a prank similar to an April Fool's Joke was carried out by a group calling themselves the 'Happy Endings Foundation' . They demanded that authors of children's books come up with happier endings and even proposed that offending books be burned! While this group never actua
Celebrities are everywhere in modern society, and this cannot be denied. Their antics, be it drink-driving or drug-taking, make the front pages of newspapers and are discussed on the Web. But should we punish them more harshly for drug (legal and illegal) abuse?
Should there be a minimum weight limit for professional models?
In our modern and media influenced society there is an increasing presentation of beauty in women, using extremely thin models. Petite, skinny and beautiful models are frequently size zero (UK size 4) and labelled as such, promote th
The medias sensationalist 24hr coverage of select issues such as terrorism, illness that 'could possibly' become a 'global pandemic' and murder cases create unnecessary panic among the public. The media should be broadcast/write more responsibly so as not to create or exentuate problems.
Is this just about youth culture and the link to crime - or does it have wider issues. Are we looking just at lyrics that incite crime or should we ban Holst's Mars the god of war. How do we go about banning it?
Neil Wilson, executive head teacher of a group of schools in South Manchester, is wrong when he blames television for children’s lack of education and communication. In fact, provided children are watching suitable programming, television is one of the most effective mediums through which to teach