Social Mania: Can Social Media Benefit Your Mental Health?

The background Social media has a rocky history when it comes to mental health, and the general consensus would suggest that the former is predominantly detrimental to the latter. But is this changing? Society as a whole has become more aware of mental health issues in the recent past; the topic has moved from a taboo … Continue reading Social Mania: Can Social Media Benefit Your Mental Health?

The Land of the Free (and Armed)

America’s historic obsession with gun ownership & freedom The case If you searched the word “Freedom” on Instagram, what would you expect to find? Uplifting stock photos of an open sky, or the Statue of Liberty? Those are fair (and accurate) guesses but in reality one thing in particular sticks out: guns. Any non-American would … Continue reading The Land of the Free (and Armed)

The Secret To Having Productive Conversations

Though many of us diligently research issues, construct well-informed beliefs and set out to integrate these beliefs into our lives, many people often fall at the final hurdle: communicating their beliefs to others in a manner that people respond positively to. Thom Bond, the author of The Compassion Course Online, outlines that positive communication requires … Continue reading The Secret To Having Productive Conversations

Did Music Fail Us In 2016?

In the age of uber-celebrity, many musicians fail to engage on a meaningful level. We explore why that’s not okay. Art has an emotive power that supersedes online news feeds and newspapers, allowing people to be outspoken in a way others can’t. But while famous visual artists remain engaged with socio-political issues (e.g. Ai WeiWei), the … Continue reading Did Music Fail Us In 2016?

Climate Justice and Human Rights

Climate change is the greatest human rights issue facing humanity today, and that is how we can fight it. The case In 2012 Olivier De Schutter laid bare this argument in The Guardian, observing that climate change represents an enormous threat to a whole host of human rights: the right to food, the right to water … Continue reading Climate Justice and Human Rights

The Timid Bulldog? How The UK And The US Differ When Discussing Race.

Whilst on an educational sojourn from the States, Rob Sprankle, a temporary Lincoln student and resident, shares some initial observations into how the US and the UK differ in their approach to discussing race. Taking to heart the lessons in suspicion I have learned from poring over primary source documents in all manner of history classes, I tend … Continue reading The Timid Bulldog? How The UK And The US Differ When Discussing Race.

Orange Is The New Brexit

The Cultural Significance of Orange Is the New Black in the Week of the EU Referendum Unless you haven’t browsed the web or picked up a newspaper in the last two weeks, a frightening breeze of hostility is touching the skin of millions in Britain. Our Facebook newsfeeds are a swamp of reports on hatred … Continue reading Orange Is The New Brexit

EU referendum: In or out – what the vote means to the arts

On Thursday 23 June, the EU Referendum will ask UK voters whether the country should remain a member of the European Union or leave. As the debate for and against Brexit intensifies, Munira Mirza makes the case for artists and those in the arts to vote to leave, while Clymene Christoforou argues that the UK … Continue reading EU referendum: In or out – what the vote means to the arts

Angels, Bpop & Snooty Ladies: Brexiters take back Albion’s arts

As hoards of British artists conspire to vote ‘remain’, the Brexit brigade endeavours to reclaim our culture for them. Here are three examples of their efforts thus far Among Britain’s creatives supporting the Remain campaign is Antony Gormley, the sculptor behind the iconic Angel of the North. But in March, Leave campaigners hijacked the Angel, … Continue reading Angels, Bpop & Snooty Ladies: Brexiters take back Albion’s arts

EU Referendum: Vote of a Lifetime…

Dr Jacqueline Briggs, Head of the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Lincoln, shares her thoughts on the debate on 16 and 17 year olds’ right to vote in light of the upcoming EU Referendum So, £9 million is deemed, by the Government, to be a price worth paying to send … Continue reading EU Referendum: Vote of a Lifetime…