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Guest post by Stephen Lee Naish

Coincidently, around the time of British Nobel-winning biochemist Tim Hunt’s chauvinist comments regarding female scientists in
the lab, I was reading British journalist Jon Ronson’s latest book, So You’ve
Been Publically Shamed
. Here Ronson investigates the numerous people who
have had their ill-advised tweets or comments scrutinized and shared ...continue reading "THE ETERNAL RETURN OF THE SHAME: TIM HUNT, SHAMING AND TROLLING ONLINE"

While
the puffed up politicians vacate the streets and return to the nest to plan the
next round of shitting on us all, the UK’s city squares are left free for the real
pigeons to resume their similar public displays of proudly crapping everywhere
whilst simultaneously showing off their masculinity. Our media space, from
Buzzfeed ...continue reading "THE CULTURAL ROLE OF PIGEONS"

We have highlighted the issue of the
delimitation and compartmentalisation of our online worlds and worldviews – and
the uses to which these mechanisms can be put (quarantine as well as collectivisation)
previously,
and we have too demonstrated that our autopoietic social realms nonetheless share
impenetrable proximities with diametrically opposed spaces, often on the ...continue reading "DARK POLLS: THE POWER OF COMPARTMENTALISATION"

Since the 1990s RuPaul has ‘sashayed’ his way into popculture, forcing a larger audience to think about the limitations of gender
categories. The show demonstrates how identity does not naturally fall into simple
masculine and feminine binaries and instead suggests that identity combines
elements of both. The show RuPaul’s Drag Race (now into its 6th ...continue reading "YOU’RE BORN NAKED AND THE REST IS DRAG"

People fake limps. Often. From a slight heaviness on one side to a full on Charlie Chaplin stagger, the fake limp is a common sight in today’s West. From children embellishing injuries to adults pretending to need a cane, we’re (almost) all doing it: see this Wiki-How with 10 steps on ‘How to Fake A ...continue reading "FAKING A LIMP: DISPLAY YOUR SYMPTOM"

A guest post by R.M. Christofides

The Chelsea fans who, with neo-colonialist, Brit-aboard arrogance,
racially abused a black man on the Paris Metro have added to the long list of
racist incidents in the game recently. Still ongoing is the investigation into Malky
Mackay’s leaked communications; still ringing in the ears are the words of ...continue reading "FOOTBALL’S SLY INCIVILITY"

Charles Baudelaire wrote of the ‘religious intoxication of great cities,’ suggesting that the modern city appeals in an opiate way, as religion did. Years later Walter Benjamin wrote that Baudelaire was right, and that ‘the department stores are the temples consecrated to this intoxication.’ For Benjamin the department store was a ...continue reading "SPIKES, SHOPPING AND SELFRIDGES"

The following are three of the best examples from a large number of ‘children’s jokes’ doing the rounds on social media at the moment. Our interest in them has even been picked up by some papers, who call them in their headline ‘adorably awful kids jokes that will still make you laugh.’ But why do ...continue reading "JOKES CHILDREN TELL AND WHY WE LIKE THEM"

In the book What Should We Be Worried About?: Real Scenarios That Keep Scientists Up at Night the world’s leading scientists from all fields of study discuss the possibility of mankind’s decline or obliteration. Included are many fire and brimstone scenarios such as incoming comets, widespread pestilence, and natural disasters. Circumstances that if they happened to occur would be out of mankind’s ...continue reading "HACKED OFF BY THE INTERVIEW"