Why Edgy Comedy is Forbidden in Mainstream Media

Controversial and brilliant comedian Frankie Boyle speaks on the Keiser Report about the censorship of comedy on mainstream channels such as the BBC. This interview was recorded in 2013 and offers a riveting discussion on the banking crisis and platform that was provided to speak about the issues which caused and should be addressed after the crisis.

This argument is also applicable to the phenomenon of Donald Trump being elected. Should it have been such a big surprise that he was elected? Or is it that John Oliver, Trevor Noah and Bill Maher’s condescending satire is not representative of the American public?

The editor of the New York Times even said “we missed it” in not capturing the true anger and sentiments the american people had for the establishment and neoliberal policies championed by Washington Democrats and Republicans.

What are your thoughts?

Why Watching Vlogs Can Destroy Your Mental Health

Vlogging (video-blogging) and vloggers have taken the internet by storm and garnered massive followings across social media. However this video questions whether they are both corrosive for the creator and the audience.

Vlogs, while presented as organic diary entries of a person’s life are always artificial. They are edited and tailored to an audience and not an accurate presentation of one’s actual life.

The danger, especially for younger people, is expecting their own lives to be as exciting of that as the vlogger and feeling depressed and inadequate in comparison. Vlogs can be really valuable, inspiring and entertaining but it is fundamental that we realise that they are performances and give an exaggerated example of someones actual life.

This is an emerging topic and something definitely worth thinking about.

Has Western Feminism Been Hijacked By SJW’s?

In this piece Jo Rogan speaks with Jordan Peterson to discuss some of the ideological misgivings of how Feminism is being framed and used to discuss things which aren’t about gender equality in America and the West.

While it is perhaps unfair to have a real discussion on this without a woman on the panel, the debate raises some key concerns about the dilution of Gender Equality and increasing victimology as opposed to female empowerment. 

What do you think? 

Why You Are Addicted to Social Media (It’s no Accident)

Tim Wu, Professor at Columbia Law School discusses the basic biology behind social media attachment.

Highlighting the psychological impulses based on the element of surprise, not knowing what’s going to happen next as well as the gratification involved with sharing and having posts ‘liked’.

This is a riveting biological and psychological assessment which is important to understand in the smartphone age.

A full Transcript can be found here:

http://bigthink.com/videos/tim-wu-on-the-psychology-behind-email-addiction

 

Why You Shouldn’t Trust Your Feelings 

In this clip The School of Life explore the importance of Skepticism and critical thinking. 

Taking the example of how a lack of sleep can often impact our mood and make us feel far more angry and despondent than usual. The capacity to think that a a lack of sleep rather than a burgeoning resentment for the world may be the source of the issue is an important life skill. 

Why Public Confidence in Institutions is Eroding – Stanford Professor

Stanford Law & Political Science professor Francis Fukuyama discusses the ways in which the institutions of the 20th century Churches, Political Parties & Corporations have lost the trust of the general public.

Recognizing the significance of technology, Fukuyama argues this has made the malpractices from institutions more visible and accessible to the public. He further ponders the consequences of instant media on societal cohesion.

Can institutions regain our trust? Or what must happen to prevent societal breakdown and a post truth age?