Facebook: an internet within the internet | Jake Scott

I remember when I first started to use the internet in the very early 2000’s, it was a mess of uncoordinated websites, blogs, forums and music browsers. One could make their own “website” with a reasonably acceptable extension (www.jakescott.blogspot.com, for instance – and no, its not real) or join forums expressly designed to bring together […]

A Conservative Case for Trigger Warnings | Nicholas Linfoot

Trigger warnings, an intellectual flashpoint, a source of clashes, debates and countless furious Twitter spats. Almost universally associated with the more liberal wing of the political world, there is, however, an argument that trigger warnings – far from being the next step in some liberal conspiracy by the “remoaners” to “kill Pepe” – are in […]

The far right must be exposed, not banned | Joseph Prebble

Many were appalled at a cover last week of the communist daily Morning Star, which hailed the massacre in Aleppo as a ‘liberation’. Less noted was the celebratory headline reporting the Home Office’s proscription of neo-Nazi street group National Action. Home Secretary Amber Rudd stated that ‘National Action is a racist, antisemitic and homophobic organisation which […]

Stop Funding Hate: Insidious censorship | Joseph Prebble

One of the most powerful means of relaying news to the public and influencing its opinion remains via the tabloid press. Its reputation has persisted as a Pandora’s box of controversy, shocking headlines, satire, tenuous half-truths, and a necessary microscope upon the workings of government and power. It is this deliberately insensitive style that has […]

Students must fight to save free speech | Chris Murray

University can be a frustrating time for those of us who support freedom of speech. Inspired by our pursuit of intellect, we had been enamoured by visions of our student years featuring mighty meetings of the mind in oak-panelled halls, as battle was waged between the preeminent ideas of our time. This, however, may characterise […]

The NUS’s censorship has rendered it unfit for purpose | Luke Nash-Jones

Last week, many young anti-NUS activists across the UK were both thrilled and surprised to hear that Prime Minister Theresa May, and also Tory MP Victoria Atkins, have heard our voice, as they hit out during Prime Minister’s Questions at the “safe space” policy found on many university campuses. Fascinating words, and potentially a crucial […]

Censorship in music – where it came from, and where it’s going | Lauren Wade

As with any art form, the connection between music and politics has always been present. Also always present has been the pressure from some to censor this music, to tone down its more extreme outbursts. Historically, there are myriad examples of pieces of music influencing political movements, but equally as many of songs becoming the […]