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Love Island: the Psychological Challenges Contestants – and Viewers – Could Face After the...

By Rachel Molitor The finale of ITV’s Love Island was watched by millions of fans, many commenting live on social media as Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu and...
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Dangerous Attractions and Revolutionary Sympathies: 5 Jane Austen Facts Revealed by Music

By Gillian Dooley 1. Jane Austen played and sang Jane Austen played the piano from the age of about ten. Her family inherited some of her books...

COVID-19: We Must Use Behavioral Science to Communicate Better during the Delicate Reopening Period

By Carlos Scartascini, Déborah Martínez, and Ana María Rojas The number of people infected with the novel coronavirus has surpassed 5 million worldwide. However,...
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Four Tips for Learning Language Through Film and TV

By Neophytos Mitsigkas Films and TV shows can be great tools to help you become a more competent speaker of another language. By captivating your...

Oscars: More International Films are Nominated Than Ever – Here’s Why

By Georgia Thomas Parr The Academy Awards have not fared well in recent years. The Oscars’ dwindling reputation has been noted by many in light...
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TikTok’s Secret Algorithm Is Its Greatest Strength – And Could Also Be Its Undoing

I have a ten-year-old niece named Divya (not her real name) in rural northern India. Two years ago, I visited and she came running...

2021: a Grim Year for Journalists and Free Speech in an Increasingly Turbulent and...

By Dina Matar Hundreds of journalists killed or arrested, rising numbers of female media workers targeted, floods of misinformation and hate speech and ineffectual or...

Nobel for Obfuscation

By Dr. Dan Steinbock Last weekend, Maria Ressa, CEO of Rappler, got a Nobel Peace prize for her “courageous fight for freedom of expression.” In...
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Championing Free Speech in the Social Media Capital of the World

By Michael Henry Yusingco Social media-savvy Filipinos will be a huge factor in the 2022 elections. Despite the threat of online disinformation, political activism in social...
Social Media

Social Media: Teenage Girls with Perfectionist Tendencies Need to Take Extra Care – Here’s...

By Marianne Etherson and Thomas Curran We all do it. Robot-like, we endlessly scroll through social media feeds. To an extent, we even go...
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Afrofuturism and its Possibility of Elsewhere: The Power of Political Imagination

By Lina Nasr El Hag Ali Pay attention to the visions for the future put forward in today’s world by politicians, intellectuals and scientists: The development...
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Watched Over by Machines: AI and Surveillance at Work

By Andreas Deppeler The recent transitions towards having company personnel working at home while remaining digitally connected have sometimes been portrayed as furthering the ideal...
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How 9/11 Changed Cinema

By Dr. Maria Flood and Michael C. Frank One of the most common responses to the events of September 11 2001, both among witnesses on...

Beginners Guide to Pinterest Marketing

By Shristi Patni The social landscape has shifted and so have the social media algorithms. Pinterest is the most effective marketing tool.  People here are more...
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The X Factor: how the star-making formula show lost its shine

By Mike Jones The UK channel ITV has announced that it has no plans to continue The X Factor. In its 17 years on the air, the...

What we can learn about risk from the COVID experience

By Geoff Mulgan Life is risky and tends to end in death, which makes it easy to become paranoid – about the food you eat,...
How China used the media to spread its COVID narrative

How China used the media to spread its COVID narrative — and win friends...

By Julia Bergin  At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Chinese President Xi Jinping enjoyed prime real estate in the centre of Serbia’s capital, Belgrade:...

Nigeria’s Twitter ban could backfire, hurting the economy and democracy

By Jeff Conroy-Krutz Nigeria’s decision to suspend Twitter indefinitely could backfire for the government and cost the country economically in terms of new investments into...

Gender washing: seven kinds of marketing hypocrisy about empowering women

By Rosie Walters At a time of so much focus on how women are held back and treated unfairly, corporations spend multiple millions telling us...
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How the World Press Freedom Index Was Politicized – Long Before the New Cold...

By Dr. Dan Steinbock For years, the press freedom index by the Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has been widely quoted, even though its methodology is...
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Social media ‘likes’ change the way we feel about our memories – new research

By David Beer and Benjamin Jacobsen Memories are often considered very personal and private. Yet, in the past few years, people have got used to...
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Found in Translation: Multilingual conferences don’t need to face barriers to communication

If you’ve ever been in the audience for a conference or symposium, it’s likely you introduced yourself to fellow attendees at a break in...

Why every celebrity is suddenly obsessed with bitcoin

From A-list celebrities to social media personalities, the highly engaging nature of the bitcoin community is ever growing. It wasn’t until recent years that the...

Flawed human information processing, magic pipers and our conscience

By Bernard Yeung Fierce competition between dominant countries leads to accusatory narratives, creating intense but dysfunctional crowd emotions. Flawed human behaviour allows a big gap...

Why Denmark dominates the World Happiness Report rankings year after year

By Marie Helweg-Larsen This year’s World Happiness Report again ranks Denmark among the top three happiest of 155 countries surveyed – a distinction that the country has...
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What You Need to Know About Tim Cook and Facebook

"If a business is built on misleading users on data exploitation, on choices that are no choices at all, then it does not deserve...
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Myanmar: memes and mantras of a new generation of democracy protesters

By Richard Dolan What do the internet memes Doge and Cheems, the Hollywood film franchise The Hunger Games, and a sachet of instant tea have in common? They...

Surprising ways that games challenge how people think about themselves and the world

By Matthew Whitby The Beginner’s Guide is a narrative video game with no goals or objectives. Instead, it tells the story of a person...

3 reasons for information exhaustion – and what to do about it

By Mark Satta An endless flow of information is coming at us constantly: It might be an article a friend shared on Facebook with a...