Popular Culture

Katie Price Doesn't Bare All

Karen Dobres | Posted 18.11.2016 | UK Entertainment
Karen Dobres

I left amused but ultimately disappointed. I had expected something more insightful, dare I say 'deeper', from the conversation. More fool me. Katie was quoted on the publicity leaflet as saying "No-one will ever work me out", and she turned up and spoke true to her image, right on-brand.

Why I Stopped Hating Kanye West

Mohadesa Najumi | Posted 11.03.2017 | UK Entertainment
Mohadesa Najumi

It is hypocritical of us to shun an artist simply because they are arrogant. Firstly, who sets the parameters for what how much you can like yourself? Secondly, we miss the point of what the artist is saying when we focus so much on how they say it. The vision itself supersedes the individual.

Five Books Throughout History That Took Popular Culture Seriously Enough

Alfie Bown | Posted 20.01.2017 | UK Entertainment
Alfie Bown

This seems to be the general attitude: that popular culture is something simple and not deserving of our attention. Here I put together a list of 5 books from the history of literature that have taken pop culture seriously, very seriously indeed.

Why We Aren't Growing Up

Alan Grant | Posted 05.07.2016 | UK
Alan Grant

I spend a lot of time on public transport and, as any seasoned commuter will tell you, there is an art to enjoying yourself while getting from A to B;...

Feeling Lost? You May be Part of Generation Somewhere Else

Clare Fisher | Posted 05.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Clare Fisher

Around the time you graduated, the economy sunk into a depression so moody that it wouldn't roll out of bed to answer your calls - no matter how loudly you flagged up your Qualifications and (unpaid) Experience.

Amour de Selfie

Furhaad Shah | Posted 01.06.2014 | UK
Furhaad Shah

The selfie, at its core, is an action that appeals fundamentally to our amour-propre, or our drive for recognition. Moreover, its ubiquity is a sure sign of society's acceptance of the practice. It is these two ingredients combined that make the phenomenon so hazardous.

Selfie- steem

The Mac Twins | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
The Mac Twins

Raise device at 174 degree angle, eyes at sea level, (unless you have false lashes on, then aim for sky level), lips must pout, but not too much trout, curl tongue inside mouth for optimum cheek contouring, stand 2m from warm light and avoid shadow casting, and "CLICK". Delete and repeat...

How the World Wide Web Was Almost Lost

Andrew Smith | Posted 31.08.2013 | UK Tech
Andrew Smith

Take the internet. As we surf a medium which has no CEO or proprietor, is chaotic and infuriating and yet gathers the world's knowledge for no better reason than that it can be gathered, we seldom stop to wonder how different things might have been.

The Movie Violence Debate: Jim Carrey Slams Kick-Ass 2

Pat Higgins | Posted 24.08.2013 | UK Entertainment
Pat Higgins

News broke yesterday that Jim Carrey has withdrawn his support for Kick-Ass 2, saying that in the wake of the horrifying Sandy Hook elementary school shooting he "cannot support that level of violence". Carrey's new standpoint... could be seen as a problematic conflation of the real-life and the fictional.

RealGirl Romance - Why Wellies Say So Much

Charlie O'Brien | Posted 19.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Charlie O'Brien

I've always been a bit of a hopeless romantic. At the grand old age of 31, many frogs and a few battle scars later - I can proudly say that my Prince has come, and he was definitely worth the wait. What has changed though as a result of my sometimes turbulent journey looking for love, is my perception of romance.

Coronation TV - The Breakthrough From Posh to Popular Culture

Roz Morris | Posted 04.08.2013 | UK Entertainment
Roz Morris

Now that we are all looking at the Coronation again on its 60th anniversary, I can see that the Coronation being broadcast on TV was the real start of the new era when posh began to give way to popular culture.

A Love Letter to Almodóvar: Why the Spanish Filmmaker Is Still King

Ben Mirza | Posted 28.11.2012 | Home
Ben Mirza

With creativity and humour Almodóvar continues to surpass expectations, creating provocative and thought provoking films that dually entertain and intrigue us. He will forever be a paragon of world cinema.

Dancing in the Dark: The New Craze Shufflin' Feet in Dalston

Holly Alsop | Posted 20.03.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Holly Alsop

It is mid-January 2012 and many of us have made the obvious realisation that our New Year's resolution to 'get fit and lose those Christmas puddings is just plain not going to happen. Well, not without that ludicrously expensive gym membership you convinced yourself you should invest in on the first day back from holiday and most likely will stop using in the next few weeks.

Nazi Drinking Games and the Insatiable Thirst for Taboo Breaking

Tom J Wilson | Posted 19.03.2012 | UK Politics
Tom J Wilson

It sounds surreal to say it but Nazi themed drinking games seem to have been getting a lot of press coverage of late. First there was the news of how ...

Is Culture the New Class?

Loma-Ann Marks | Posted 08.01.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Loma-Ann Marks

Time was when everyone knew their place, and being cultured usually involved having a cut- glass accent and a daddy with deep pockets. You were either a toff, in which case you knew about art history and the classics, or common, where your world wasn't so much a stage, but more of a Shakespearean tragedy.

Here's to 20 Years of Frieze

Amah-Rose McKnight-Abrams | Posted 11.11.2011 | UK Entertainment
Amah-Rose McKnight-Abrams

I remember meeting Michael Bracewell at the ICA's 50th birthday celebration. I was a teenager and my friend and I were skulking in the green room, nobody wanted to speak to us.

Change Is The New Status Quo

Amah-Rose McKnight-Abrams | Posted 24.10.2011 | UK
Amah-Rose McKnight-Abrams

We are living in a time of great change, so great indeed that I do not know whether to text, email or IM my best friend, I have the choice of all three but the way we are communicating is changing so fast that any which one is a good guess, or all three? Just to make sure she gets it.

Art for Art's Sake

Amah-Rose McKnight-Abrams | Posted 03.10.2011 | UK Entertainment
Amah-Rose McKnight-Abrams

The arts always get sniffed at when cuts get announced as though defending investment in the arts is somehow ill considered or bourgeois but in making art school and the creative industries inaccessible for today's Alexander McQueens I think we may be in danger of loosing a huge and valuable part of our national identity. Can you put a price on that?