Pop Culture

'Big Brother: Timebomb' - Week Six Review

Matthew Davies | Posted 03.07.2015 | UK Entertainment
Matthew Davies

Helen was cancer to last year's Big Brother house and this year's series was equally affected. I can only feel sorry for the housemates who auditioned for this year's series, rather than last year's but ended up having to live with the corrupted, twisted, rotten woman.

Heritage As The New Contemporary

Nik Thakkar | Posted 18.05.2015 | UK Style
Nik Thakkar

From a fashion perspective, Hunter and Barbour are two brands that have seen a huge revival as British heritage brands meeting the new contemporary taste palate for fashion.

Cultural Appropriation: What's the Issue?

Neha Shah | Posted 11.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Neha Shah

Most people who come from marginalised cultures (myself included) don't have a problem with people wanting to participate in our culture in an appropriate and respectful setting - in fact, we love it! Under the correct circumstances, cultural exchange can be a truly wonderful thing...

Before And After: Extreme Censorship Of Album Covers In The Middle East

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 30.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle

In a culture where women are expected to keep their flesh under wraps, it comes as no surprise that racy album covers of female pop icons Lady Gaga, M...

East Asian Pop Culture is Inspiring a New Generation of YouTubers and Their Fans

Emma Leverton | Posted 15.04.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Emma Leverton

Next time you're on YouTube, check out this internet sensation. Scroll though some of the related videos too. East Asian pop culture is inspiring this tribe of YouTubers and their fans. I can guarantee that Kelsey and her online counterparts will keep you entertained until four in the morning.

Rocking All Over the World

Neil Cossar | Posted 31.10.2014 | UK Tech
Neil Cossar

I love music and the evolution of pop culture and its history... Over the past couple of years I've also been involved in a new project, which has been great fun and is now being unleashed on anyone who might be interested. It's a free App called Rocking All Over The World.

David Cameron: Porn Mogul

Adam Hamdy | Posted 20.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Adam Hamdy

As a music video director, I'm accutely aware that there are currently no age ratings and that videos can be seen by almost anyone anywhere in the world. I have a lot of respect for directors like the Daniels who produce smart, funny videos that push boundaries but still cater for a general audience.

'Big Brother' 2014 - Week Nine Recap

Matthew Davies | Posted 13.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Matthew Davies

And then there were six. Whether or not they are the right six, I cannot say I believe all the finalists are entirely deserving of their place in the final week of Big Brother, but it is a game at the end of the day and this series has been an odd one so far, that's for sure.

Nicki Minaj: Little More Than a Big Butt?

Gail Dines | Posted 27.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Gail Dines

The media is on fire with questions about whether Nicki Minaj went "too far" with the artwork for her next single, Anaconda... Amazingly, what nobody is discussing is the wider issues of the historical roots, cultural resonance and contemporary implications of a mass circulated image that arguably reduces black women to just "big butts" and little more.

A Little List: Rare Book Trade Thoughts in Gilbert-and-Sullivan Mode

Johan Kugelberg | Posted 08.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Johan Kugelberg

I am getting ready to travel to Rare Book School at the University of Virginia. As a faculty member I teach a summer course there each year. Preparing for this course I end up pondering rare books, antiquarian book dealing, and how libraries deal with the history and artifacts of the second half of the 20th century.

Stop Misusing the Term 'Empowerment'

Helen Reeves | Posted 11.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Helen Reeves

With the common mantra that "sex sells" and the idea that we have now reached a cultural peak of sexual openness and opportunity, a so-called 'post-feminist' outlook might argue that women today are now more sexually empowered to make a broader range of sexual choices. But whilst it's laudable that women are allowed to be sexual and openly enjoy sex; surely empowerment would be doing that on our own terms?

Jon Savage Talks 'Teenage'

Amah-Rose McKnight-Abrams | Posted 09.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Amah-Rose McKnight-Abrams

Teenage uses archive footage alongside narrated stories of real young people of the time, the film explores the birth of the modern teenager as well as early subcultures like the Bright Young Things and the Swing movement in the United States. The film also explores what life was like for teenagers under the Nazis.

Is Guitar Music Dead?

Greg Stevenson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
Greg Stevenson

We look back at ten years ago, when we were in our teens, and see the mainstream success of Franz Ferdinand, The Libertines, Kaiser Chiefs and Razorlight amongst others and wonder where their contemporary equivalents are hiding.

A Pakistan Pop Princess

Annie Khalid | Posted 26.11.2013 | UK Entertainment
Annie Khalid

Undeniably a major contribution towards my open-mindedness is the fact that I was raised in England. But being an entertainer in Pakistan means acknowledging the limitations and working within strict boundaries, and with this video shoot I vowed to myself, to be as tame as physically possible.

Love Will Tear Us Apart - How Non-Monogamy Divides the Non-Monogamous

Louisa Leontiades | Posted 31.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Louisa Leontiades

If you've been brought up in Western society your first exposure to polyamory probably occurred through pop culture.

Big Brother - Week 6 Opinion

Matthew Davies | Posted 27.09.2013 | UK Entertainment
Matthew Davies

For the first time this series, I'm genuinely gutted with this week's eviction outcome. Another twist that took place last week has essentially backfired again, leading to the eviction of the alpha-male in the house.

Big Brother - Week 3 Opinion

Matthew Davies | Posted 04.09.2013 | UK Entertainment
Matthew Davies

As the weeks go by I feel as though the number of housemates I can safely say "I like" are rapidly decreasing. This week appears to have been a key turning point when it comes to my opinions of a number of them.

WATCH: Remember 1990?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 21.06.2013 | UK Comedy

Remember the great video which rounded up 1986 in 10 minutes? Well, its makers - ThePeterson - are back. Four years later. Yes, click play, sit ba...

Big Brother 14 Launch Night Review

Matthew Davies | Posted 15.08.2013 | UK Entertainment
Matthew Davies

After Thursday night's joke of a launch night, quite frankly I've seen enough to realise that what used to be THE best reality TV show around, has rel...

The Virtues of Trash Television

Hayley Morgan | Posted 15.07.2013 | UK Entertainment
Hayley Morgan

When I was small, smaller than I am now, I learned a wise lesson from my Godmother, who, despite being very learned and cultured, loved nothing more than watching Blind Date on a Saturday night. At first I wondered why; eventually I realised she was interested in people for people's sake.

When Did it Become Cool to Be Politically Incorrect?

June Sun | Posted 10.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education
June Sun

The unquantifiable currency of cool is elusively directed by politics, pop culture, and that one kid on the playground. But we've used it to measure the world around us since we were little things. What is its relationship with being politically correct?

Margaret Thatcher: The Iron Lady in Pop Culture

Ben Mirza | Posted 09.06.2013 | UK Entertainment
Ben Mirza

Whether it is film, music, comedy, art, literature or theatre, Thatcher has been a constant source of fascination for creative individuals from all corners.

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.

Why Britain Needs the Tech-Factor

Brendan Flattery | Posted 22.01.2013 | UK Tech
Brendan Flattery

Mr. Cowell, if you are reading this, we all love music, but even The Beatles didn't have the impact that the Internet has. I

The #YOLO State of Mind: How This Four-Letter Acronym Can Make You or Break You!

Steven Bartlett | Posted 14.01.2013 | UK
Steven Bartlett

Every now and then, a bit of slang comes along that draws a line between young and old, in 2012, that slang term was "YOLO". For those of you who don't know; the term YOLO was popularised by US rapper Drake and it stands for "You Only Live Once".