Brexit Britain is Easy Fodder for Satirists: but They Should Learn from 18th-Century Masters How to do it Properly

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Artwork courtesy of Richard LIttler (scarfolk.blogspot.com)

Adam J Smith, York St John University

If you thought satire was dead in the age of Brexit and Trump, then a quick look at social media should pretty quickly disabuse you of that illusion. Search “Festival of Brexit Britain” if you want a picture of satire’s bright future. Theresa May’s recent announcement that she wants the UK to hold a national festival in 2022 to celebrate leaving the EU prompted an avalanche of humorous memes – including the illustration by the artist Richard Littler at the top of this article.

The question is, though: are we witnessing a revival of satire as a far more prolific and potent form than ever before – or, because of the sheer numbers of people using social media to try to make humorous points, are we seeing its dilution to the point of redundancy? Read more

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Three Things We Can all Learn From People Who Don’t Use Smartphones or Social Media

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‘Someone likes me.’
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Rowland Atkinson, University of Sheffield and Mariann Hardey, Durham University

Many of us spend hours every day tethered to our devices, pawing at the screen to see if it will deliver a few more likes or emails, monitoring the world and honing our online presence. Social networking platforms such as Whatsapp, Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter are supposed to make us feel more connected. Yet our reliance on technology to “see” the social world around us can be a heavy burden.

The Pew Research Centre recently reported that about a quarter of US adults say they are “almost constantly” online. Stress, addiction, depression and anxiety seem unsurprising consequences of using social platforms often specifically designed to keep us repeating the same actions over and over again.

Even so, many would find the prospect of living offline worrisome, or simply impossible. That’s why we undertook a small study with 50 people who may seem nothing less than social outcasts in today’s screen saturated environment. None of our participants used social media or had a mobile phone, and most even refused to email.

We wanted to understand why these people had decided to switch off, and how they managed it. But rather than seeking quick fixes for overuse, we explored the principles and values that drove our participants to live the way they do. Much has already been written about how we can switch off – but that won’t achieve much, unless we really feel the benefits.

Here’s what our respondents said they’d learned, from living their social lives offline. Read more

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#Revolution: How the Humble Hashtag Changed World Politics

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Changing the times.
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Joanna Rozpedowski, Durham University

From fashion trends to global events, the hashtag (#) has become the conspicuous symbol of the Twittersphere. What only a decade ago denoted a numerical symbol of no special significance or attribution is now a call to arms for causes that are many and varied.

The “#” is a social organiser, which emerged spontaneously and dynamically from the content generated and updated by social media users. The initial intent behind the “#”, when Twitter launched in 2006, lay in its simple use as a means of organising data and information. An indexing tool for grouping anything from the politically relevant to the culturally hip, the “#” soon found itself aligned with some of the most significant events in history. Read more

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History of Halloween

Halloween is celebrated on October 31st every year in several countries where people wear strange outfits to drive away ghosts.

It was in the eighteenth century that Pope Gregory III proposed 1st of November to honour all saints. The evening before the All Saints Day was then considered as the All Hallows Eve and later called Halloween. After a period of time, Halloween evolved as an activity which included trick-or-treating, carving jack-o-lanterns, festive gatherings, and eating sweet treats. Read more History of Halloween

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How to Improve Your Online Security in Gaming

Online gambling is now a top form of popular entertainment. Virtual casinos have squeezed out ground-based gambling clubs and casinos, giving their customers an affordable world of gambling pleasure. The gambling industry hasn’t rested on its past accomplishment, and it continues to amaze users with a new level of online casino service and poker rooms. But along with the comfort, the players want to get some guarantees about their informational security.

Choose top rated establishments. Such ratings are published on many sites with reviews like slotmine. That will allow you to choose a genuinely reliable casino for a comfortable and safe game. Read more How to Improve Your Online Security in Gaming

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Crypto Kings In A Nutshell

When the concept of cryptocurrencies was first introduced in 2009, not too many people took it seriously. Nearly 10 years later, the industry boasts more than 2,000 different crypto coins, and its market cap stands around $210B as of October 2018.

Cryptocurrencies allow people to transfer money in a quick, easy, and anonymous fashion. There are no personal details involved and the process cuts out the need for middlemen like banks. As people want the total control over their money, the industry is continuing to boom. In one word, many people believe that participating in the cryptocurrency world pays off.

The infographic you’ll find below shows 15 people who made a fortune thanks to the cryptocurrencies. They are considered to be Crypto Kings.

Some of the most famous Kings are the following individuals: Read more Crypto Kings In A Nutshell

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Now That Sports Betting Is Legalized…

In 1992, the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) restricted states in the United States of America from legalizing sports betting. However, in May of 2018, the Supreme Court decided to upturn that law.

This threw the window open and allowed all states to decide whether they want to legalize sports betting on their territory or not. According to the infographic below provided by NJ Games, this has increased sports betting activities all over the country.

More people are engaging in this activity as more sports betting outfits emerge. Of course, this leads to more money being into play.

To help you understand how much money we’re talking here – the entire gambling industry (without sports betting) has racked up about $208 billion in 2018 alone. Imagine sports betting adding its quota to the profit that gambling racks in. The consequences for the country’s GDP would be pretty much significant. Read more Now That Sports Betting Is Legalized…

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You Don’t Need an Office to Grow Your Business

The only thing that is as dynamic as technology is the way that people run their business. Why? Because business ideas pop up in the mind as often as the sun shines in summer. That just how dynamic a business mind is. And if we put that innovative business together with the technology trends nowadays, you will see that you really don’t need an office for your business to grow.

Don’t believe us? Well, read on as we give you tips on how you can grow your business remotely.

Tips on how to Grow your Business Remotely

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Australian Beauty Industry Ignoring Black Women

For some reason, black women are made to feel unwelcome and invisible in the Australian beauty sphere. The beauty industry markets itself as a progressive feminist space, but only caters to a few out of a majority.

Black women usually encounter the lack of nuance in foundation shades from high-end brands to chemists. You will often find a foundation line with just a handful of brown shades and extensive beige shades. In general, darker shades are understocked and sometimes not even stocked at all. Read more Australian Beauty Industry Ignoring Black Women

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Choosing the Body of the Guitar: Simple Tips for the Beginners & Experts

There is a wide variety of models of guitar bodies and it is one of its components that most influence the sound of this musical instrument. There are 3 basic body styles. Classic is the most used to play with the fingers, being very well balanced between high and low treble in addition to having a very clean sound. Dreadnought is the most common and used, suitable both for playing with the fingers or the pick. They have greater volume than the classic ones and a greater presence of serious tones although all the tones are very balanced. Jumbo is the larger and rounder than the previous ones which give them more volume and gravity. Choose your best electroacoustic guitar and gather all the information you need from Musiety. Read more Choosing the Body of the Guitar: Simple Tips for the Beginners & Experts

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