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Django Wylie

Writer; under-achiever

Django Wylie is a London based writer. His poetry has appeared in the Guardian Books Blog, has been anthologised by Antlers Press. It is available for free in bookmark form at a number of London libraries and independent bookshops.

He is a graduate of Goldsmiths, University of London and UC Berkeley.

The True Cost of Tuition Fees

The benefit for the ruling class in this arrangement is obvious; the loss for society manifold. The rapid normalisation of tuition fees demonstrates neatly the insidiousness of the neoliberal ideology. Now students are consumers, they are individuals set against each other in a competition for employment so that they can service their loans.
29/07/2015 15:55 BST

Craig Raine and the Toxicity of Conformity

Yesterday poet Craig Laine received a thorough virtual beating on Twitter, as legions of the self-righteous flocked to demonstrate their unimpeachable 'liberality' by attempting to crown him the new 'pervert laureate'.
04/06/2015 16:02 BST

It Is Class, Not Gender, That Divides

Like a creepy uncle contemplating emigration, page three is unlikely to be missed. But the hydra-headed jubilation in some of the press is little more than an unseemly basking in a class-tinged tyranny of some people's taste over others, which distracts from an appreciation of painful economic inequality.
21/01/2015 16:24 GMT

Our Modern Remembrance Is All About Forgetting

The worthy practice of donating first-hand, with its inherent 'nothing in return' aspect, has been replaced with the more morally ambiguous purchasing of an mp3. When you put pennies in the Chelsea Pensioner's box and collect your poppy, you are forced, however momentarily, to individually reflect on the meaning of the paper token you've acquired.
08/11/2013 17:10 GMT

Rethinking the White Van Man

Around a year ago, I had occasion to work with three other men on some construction projects for film sets. The work was scattered around a number of venues across London, and each job required various specialised tools...
26/09/2013 14:04 BST

The Hidden Cost of Tablet Computers

Tablets seem to embody the neutralisation and monetisation of a technology's liberating potential. What is more, after the rise of hacktivist groups such as Anonymous, tablets certainly appear more conducive to placidity and less threatening to the status quo.
24/06/2013 13:44 BST

Some Thoughts on The Voice and TV Talent Shows

The talent show derives its sense of fairness by appropriating the apparatus of democracy. We vote for our favourite singer (or at least the one with the most sympathetic cancer-related anecdote) and they are duly elevated to the plutocratic realm of celebrity, however transitory their tenure.
31/03/2013 09:36 BST

The Meaning of Like

A 'like' on Facebook or Instagram can make or break a witty status update or a particularly arty and well-angled shot of your quinoa entree. 'Liking' is now the dominant manifestation of social approval; that little heart or 'thumbs up' is now the arbiter of acceptance, of relevancy.
08/01/2013 22:58 GMT

Requiem for a Scene: I Miss Landfill Indie

Landfill indie was the music of the boom years, our very own Roaring Twenties. The worst of songs were hysterically praised by the NME, whose circulation was closer to 100,000 than it probably ever will be again.
12/11/2012 11:49 GMT

Only Connect: Is Internet Addiction a Real Problem?

The inclusion of 'internet-use disorder' in the<em> DSM-IV</em> seems to involve a fundamental misunderstanding of the nature of the behaviour in question. What if, rather than new technology having some kind of inherent malignity, it was more that society had failed to adequately adapt to its presence?
04/10/2012 10:14 BST

Why the Internet and Ebooks Are Changing Publishing and Writing for the Better

The internet ruined everything. It ruined music, it ruined actual human relationships, it ruined the postal service, and now it has ruined the publishing industry. Literature is going to hell in an Amazon shopping cart because people don't like physical media any more, and great works of art are going to be lost forever because of the unguided ochlocracy of amateur online content.
30/09/2012 22:16 BST