Monthly Archives: February 2015

Football’s Sly Incivility

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 […]

The Bystander Effect: A Modern Day Apathy

A guest post by Steve Lee Naish         The bystander effect, in which large numbers of the general public refuse to help, or ignore a person in distress, or someone who is injured in a public space, is a shameful trait of contemporary society. In most cases the general public remain unconcerned […]

Spikes, Shopping and Selfridges

        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 […]

On the Phenomenon of the Fifty Shades of Grey Movie’s Release

As of Valentine’s Day morning 2015 – the day of its official cinema release – Sam Taylor-Johnson’s film adaptation of the first novel in E. L. James’ Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy shows a rating on the Internet Movie Database of 3.5 out of a possible 10. Over the 22853 votes that make this statistic […]

Jokes Children Tell and why we like them

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 […]

On Biting your Nails and Scratching your Bollocks

Theorist Rosi Braidotti writes that ‘habits are socially enforced’. Sometimes it is easy to see how a behaviour trend could serve a particular political purpose, as for example in the clichéd lament that we are turned into passive subjects by habitual addiction to sitting in front of mindless television. But what about habits which don’t […]