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University lecturer accused of biased marking

Correction: This article has been edited to remove the claim that Professor Thin marked down dissertations as after further investigation, there was insufficient evidence backing these claims. Recent posts on Edifess, an anonymous confessions page on Facebook, pointed to various controversial statements made by a University of Edinburgh social anthropology senior lecturer, Neil Thin, on […]

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Science Technology

Social media companies hold power to stop misinformation

“FAKE NEWS” has been shouted louder than almost anything else over the last few years. Coming to the forefront with the wild accusations of Donald Trump, fake news has stayed an issue in the Covid-19 pandemic, continuing to support dangerous behaviour. Current efforts to mitigate the spread of misinformation rely on readers fact checking articles, […]

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Lifestyle

‘Recipeasly’: missing the mark or the answer to our prayers?

Picture this: you’ve decided to push the boat out and cook something new. You check the cupboards to see what ingredients you already have lying around and find a lone can of chickpeas. You google “chickpea recipes” and are met with hundreds of options. From Morrocan tagines, to Indian curries, to classic hummus, to homemade […]

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BANNED: Trump’s ‘legacy’ now canceled

More than a decade after joining the platform, one riddled with scandal and chutzpah, former president Donald Trump’s relationship with Twitter has ended in acrimony.  For years, Mr. Trump has tested the limits of acceptable speech on the platform, exposing the arbitrary enforcement of the ‘community guidelines’ that theoretically govern major social media platforms, while […]

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The latest free school meals debacle shows governmental failure to provide for poor children

It would take a truly stupendous event to undermine the Brexit controversy that has engulfed the last four years, ultimately promoting Boris Johnson from mayor to Prime Minister. Covid-19 has burst like a tsunami through the public’s expectations of their politicians; crisis after crisis has led to social issues have been swept to one side […]

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Social media: the new force against fascism

I’m tired of feeling guilty every time I tap the Facebook icon. Millennial and Gen Z cohorts have been bombarded with anti-social media messages since its relatively recent advent. Horrifying statistics about social media usage. Scientific studies. Reports of cyberbullying. The evidence seems to suggest that social media is designed to drive us to despair, […]

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TV

Keeping Up With The Kardashians: the end of an era?

The rise and rise of the Kardashian family has been, as was always intended, well-documented. Premiering in late 2007, their eponymous show featured Juicy Couture-laden Kim and her wealthy, wannabe family in their daily disputes in the Hollywood Hills. As the series has rattled on, the family has morphed from wealthy and connected to culturally […]

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You have the right to speak but not to be heard

Content warning: transphobia. “‘People who menstruate.’ I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?” – @jk_rowling, 6 June 2020 Was JK Rowling’s tweet about people who menstruate transphobic? Probably. There are lots of people smarter than me who have responded to it and I suggest […]