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The rise of automated labour calls for a new approach to welfare

In January 2017, Finland launched a nation-wide experiment in which 2,000 unemployed Finns will receive €560 per month and will continue to do so even if they find a job. The same month, councils in Fife and Glasgow expressed an interest in creating pilot schemes to test the viability of a universal basic income. The […]

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Twenty-First Century Apathy

This week more than most, campus has felt remarkably quiet. It could be described as post-election melancholy, as campaign posters are blown away by the wind, and one-time activists are back to working on their dissertations. The university had been briefly transformed by the EUSA elections, and you could be forgiven for thinking that this […]

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Ordinary Lies

Ordinary Lies is a new six-part series of interlocking stories set in a suburban car showroom, purporting to make us question how well we really know the people we work with. The first episode features Jason Manford as Marty, who is about to shake up his hitherto extraordinarily ordinary life. Marty is on his final […]

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Tofu

Have you ever stuck your thumb up my dad’s arse?” Thus begins the second episode of Tofu, a series of ten-minute documentaries featuring interviews about sex with actors, porn stars, and people off the street.

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Netflix Picks: Chuck

Netflix is perhaps the ultimate form of escapism. It allows entry to another world, and to stay there for hours on end. Escapism is what this week’s pick is all about: the spy action/comedy series, Chuck. In 2003, writer Josh Schwartz made nerds cool (or at least mainstream) when he introduced the world to Seth Cohen. Chuck, his second project, tells the story of computer whiz Chuck Bartowski who, after being unjustly kicked out of Stanford, is now an unmotivated, underachieving employee at an electronics store.

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ISIS and the West

On September 10 this year, while the United States prepared for the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, President Obama announced plans for more airstrikes against jihadists in Iraq and Syria. They form part of the government’s strategy to “degrade and ultimately destroy” ISIS. Later, at a meeting in Paris, 24 countries vowed to do […]