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Tom Killeen

Student + Writer at UoY. Sport Editor for The Yorker.

History Undergrad at University of York. Been writing for several years, and hopefully several more. Sport Editor for The Yorker newspaper. Occasionally funny. I enjoy eating, breathing and sleeping as required.

The Power Of The Platform

Social networking. Society's greatest bastion of opinion, debate and argument. Whether it's a president venting (probably) from the toilet, a Kardashian's ovaries or your friend's dad who keeps posting articles on immigration that maybe, might be, definitely are racist, you'll be hard-pressed to find an access point to opinions as immediate and extensive as a social network.
29/09/2017 14:07 BST

Thanatophobia At 21: Learning To Live With Death

They say the older we get, the less the "end" tends to scare us. Ultimately, we are born to die. If the alternative to living and eventually dying is not living at all, the decision to accept our circumstances and move forward, should be the easiest decision of all.
09/05/2017 11:30 BST

The Death Of A Book Salesmen: Are We Reading Less?

Like many things, the motivation to do so has to come from within. Somewhat appropriately, the words of Oscar Wilde ring true alongside this issue; "It is what you read when you don't have to that determines what you will be when you can't help it." Allegedly, the little reading Donald Trump does do is reserved for those articles written about himself, and only himself. Wilde's words have never felt more relevant.
08/02/2017 11:29 GMT

Are We Losing Our Religion?

The decline of religious belief in the UK is happening. Its progress is slow, and inconsistent, but it is happening. The British Social Attitudes survey, an annual process, tracked the moment in 2013 when the Church of England's practising community fell below 50% of the total population. This year's BSA study recorded 48% of participants to have "no religion" at all.
05/01/2017 13:25 GMT

The Twitterbot Effect

It has been possible for several years, on most social network platforms, to purchase accounts with a specific intention of increasing follower counts or support for certain opinions. This doesn't have massive impact in the context of isolated cases. When Twitterbots begin to influence elections, brands and shares, the real threat becomes clear.
28/12/2016 11:44 GMT

A Life Without Fabric Softener: The Plight Of The Millenial

The stereotypical traits of the millennial are often derisive. Yet, there is a resilience to this generation that bodes well for the future. The Pew research centre found that 9 out of 10 American millennials were optimistic about both their current and future financial aims, and the most likely to identify as liberal and supportive of social agenda.
28/12/2016 10:27 GMT