Media Criticism

Measurements Are Precise, But Why Is the Subject of Weight Abstract?

Therese Reyes | Posted 18.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Therese Reyes

It's inspiring to know that the media has taken measures to promote different body types but that doesn't necessarily make it easier. Often times, these attempts still seem like gimmicks, making the average sized woman feel even more like a sore thumb.

Our Confusing Engagement With the House of Windsor

Abbas Farshori | Posted 12.07.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Abbas Farshori

The royal family is now one of the nation's favorite subjects of conversation. In fact, a combination of ground-breaking documentaries, high-profile weddings and births and, let's be honest, the very existence of Lady Diana took the royal family into a new level of fame.

Defending Kirstie Allsopp's Feminism

Tom Johnson | Posted 06.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Tom Johnson

Kirstie Allsopp is not telling every woman that she needs to have a baby, flat and nice boyfriend by 27. I'm sure that in the light her comments to the telegraph she will be railed against for these suggestions, made as they were to her theoretical daughter. She is however most certainly a feminist and I'd argue many of her other beliefs far more radical than the average.

Lighting the Candle: Why the World Needs Good News in Order to Understand the Bad

Clare Finney | Posted 12.07.2014 | UK
Clare Finney

It was the worst natural disaster there in two decades. That, in a country where natural and human disasters seem the norm, is saying something - yet in a way that's part of the problem: so accustomed are we today to the view of Afghans as victims, it's becoming difficult to hear stories like that of Aab Barik and still be moved.

Miss Representation - a Worldly Woman Takes on the Media

Jimmy Ocean | Posted 13.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jimmy Ocean

The documentary powerfully depicted the catastrophic messages the media sends and the detrimental affect they have on our society - young girls and women in particular. It clearly showed the manipulative nature of advertising agencies and how beauty standards are transformed into unhealthy and unachievable ideals.

Gossip Stories Are So Popular! Why Do the British Public Love to Speculate on the Lives of Celebrities?

Molly McGreevy | Posted 11.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Molly McGreevy

"Juggling a degree in Journalism and a high powered job in sandwich making it's hard to believe that Molly McGreevy has time for a man in her life, but the 19 year old was spotted out in Sheffield with a mystery male this week...

BBC Hard Talk: SOFT on Power, HARD on Real Journalism, Truth Telling and Glenn Greenwald

Joshua Funnell | Posted 02.02.2014 | UK Politics
Joshua Funnell

Listening to the political gurglings of right-wing commentators a vision is painted of a monolithic BBC acting as an anti establishment, subversive enemy within.

Iain Duncan Smith and the Missing Mortality Statistics

Dom Aversano | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Dom Aversano

Iain Duncan Smith is a man on the run, and with good reason, as an ever increasing number of damaging facts pursue him.

What's The Worst Industry For Bullying At Work?

PA/ The Huffington Post UK | Posted 19.11.2013 | UK

So-called glamorous industries such as arts, entertainment and the media are "hotspots" of bullying, according to a new report. A survey of 4,000 w...

Daily Mail Attack on Miliband's Father Is Hardly a New Low

The Conversation UK | Posted 01.12.2013 | UK Politics
The Conversation UK

It's hardly news when a right wing newspaper attacks a Labour leader. It's all part of the game. Imagine if Neil Kinnock took umbrage every time he was denigrated by the Mail - it would have taken up all his time to defend himself. But Miliband is different...

Media Frenzy over British Monarchy's New Heir Sparks Hopes for World Where "All Babies Matter"

Democracy Now! | Posted 22.09.2013 | UK
Democracy Now!

Amidst a global media frenzy, Prince William and Kate Middleton welcomed a baby boy into the world on Monday. The lead up to the royal birth generated...

The Student Tabloid and the Trolls

Ben Dalton | Posted 07.09.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Ben Dalton

The anonymity of the internet at large brings with it the exciting positives of more discussion, more openness and, maybe most importantly, more honesty. The audience, hiding comfortably behind their online avatars, have no reason to feel mitigated or restrained. Increasingly, this leads to internet comment sections being used as a depositary for public anger and frustration.

The British Government Has Shown No Desire to Protect Us From an Impending Climate Catastrophe

Dom Aversano | Posted 04.08.2013 | UK Politics
Dom Aversano

I sometimes wonder, were an asteroid on a collision course with the earth, how would humanity would react? I would like to imagine that we would rally together, unify, take immediate action, and secure our future on this wonderful planet, but our current behaviour brings this assumption into question.

Immigration - The Game Changer of British Politics?

Oana Romocea | Posted 13.07.2013 | UK Politics
Oana Romocea

It is baffling how immigration has changed the game in British politics these days. There are more fundamentally important issues facing British society, most notably a stalled economy that has the country on the edge of a triple-dip recession. Yet, the immigration threat, and the supposed ills it has unleashed on Britain, has gripped the public imagination.

Thatcher's Legacy Is a War of Attrition Between Self Interest and Common Good

Steve McKevitt | Posted 11.06.2013 | UK Politics
Steve McKevitt

Thatcher's real legacy is that self-interest has become the driving force, socially and economically, for everyone regardless of whether they are on the left, the right or that irritating bit in the middle.

A Nation Divided by the Death of a Leader Who Divided the Nation

Steve McKevitt | Posted 09.06.2013 | UK Politics
Steve McKevitt

Clearly it's wrong to speak ill of the dead... at least it is if you're operating one of the myriad London-based news channels, which are currently hurling a tsunami of rosy-hued (or is that 'balanced'?) tributes at viewers and readers about the death of the notable former UK prime minister, Margaret Thatcher.

Defending Beauty in the Age of Commodity

Ana Tzarev | Posted 25.04.2013 | UK Entertainment
Ana Tzarev

Amid the sea of splendor that is our past, one cannot help but ask what today's art world offers in response.

To View Art From Both Sides: The Creator and the Critic

Ana Tzarev | Posted 18.04.2013 | UK Entertainment
Ana Tzarev

For all of its magnificent offerings and dazzling opportunities, the art world is capable of such cruelty. One can pour their soul, the very essence of his or her self, into a creation, only to then stand by as it is smashed apart by a single word of opposition.

How the Music Press Ruined Rock

Scott Rowley | Posted 10.04.2013 | UK Entertainment
Scott Rowley

The press chose sides and bands featured in one mag would not be featured in another. Bands were tainted. Crossover between tribes was small. The Manic Street Preachers tried to play both sides of the fence. "We did have a plan," Nicky Wire told me: "We wanted to be in Kerrang! and the NME."

Sadly, Humiliation is an Intrinsic Part of Our Media Culture

Hussein Kesvani | Posted 10.02.2013 | UK Entertainment
Hussein Kesvani

For while the actions of Grieg and Christian were certainly deplorable, they are also far from uncommon in the modern media industry. Nor is the exploitation of humiliation and shame something novel to to the culture of entertainment.

HuffPost UK's Feminism Debate: Addendum

Elizabeth Mizon | Posted 28.01.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Elizabeth Mizon

I have never marched, shouted, or held a placard in the name of feminism, but that's not to say I would rule it out; rather, I prefer to read, write, laugh, discuss and debate in the name of feminism.

The BBC Car Crash Rolls on: Entwistle's Resignation Must Have the Rest of the Media Cackling

Sian Boyle | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Sian Boyle

What next for the great British Broadcasting Corporation? I predict that this car crash will play out, more heads will roll and the internal and external torrent of frenzied accusations will inevitably dry to a trickle. But I think it's important to remember that the BBC has produced excellent journalism, and in the scheme of things, a couple of (albeit very) bad decisions on Newsnight don't constitute the abolishment of the programme or of the BBC's entire 90-year-old reputation.

The Leveson Inquiry: Should we Care About Cameron's Response?

Sarah Aston | Posted 09.12.2012 | UK
Sarah Aston

Cameron has publically recognized the failures of the media sector but has been careful to remain ambivalent as to how far he would be willing to go to prevent the media abusing information available to them.

Anders Behring Breivik not Mentally Ill

Charlotte Fantelli | Posted 29.10.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Charlotte Fantelli

I read the news that Anders Behring Brevik has been declared 'sane', with a sense of relief for those who will now see the man punished for the despicable crimes, which he committed with malice and prior forethought. I also had a sense of triumph for those fighting the stigma and misunderstandings surrounding mental illness.

'Loading A Gun At British Newspapers'

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 30.08.2012 | UK

Independent newspaper editor Chris Blackhurst has warned Lord Justice Leveson is "loading a gun" at the newspaper industry - after receiving letters w...