The sun is barely visible on the grey skyline and I’m battling fierce wind as I move through the streets of the post-industrial wasteland near the centre of Leeds, UK. The odd train whistles by on the nearby tracks and I can hear a faint police siren in the distance, but otherwise the streets are muted.
What once stood proud as an economic hub of the Industrial Revolution is now reduced to abandoned warehouses, dishevelled canals, and a slew of unflattering street art. Things have changed round here.
I arrive at the heavy steel door of a vast, nondescript warehouse…
Journalism has changed. If you’re a young person thinking of pursuing this as a career, you need to know that you’re working in the Wild West now (the internet). It’s fast-paced, there are few rules and those few change all the time.
You’re better off getting clued up on social media algorithms than learning how linear television works; it’s going to be more beneficial to start your own podcast than be taught what goes into BBC radio stations.
If I was a university lecturer, this is what I’d teach the students, drawing on six years experience working in digital media.
The cottage industry that is student dealing flourished around 2008; partly as a result of a decline in academic values within many British universities and partly due to the arrival of the student-favoured cheap stimulant mephedrone.
By 2009, reports began to surface claiming that some people actually enrol on university courses with the sole purpose of selling drugs — the student loan serves nicely as a start-up fund. By 2014, I think everyone had to admit that casual dealing amongst students had become commonplace.
I spoke with Peter*, he’s a 24-year-old Londoner who went to university in Nottingham. He is…
“Great creativity comes from mistakes,” says Ken Scott, legendary engineer of The Beatles and producer of David Bowie. “That’s the way it should be.”
Regarded by many as one of the most significant recording industry figures in the past five decades, Scott worked with some of the biggest artists ever. The impressive list of his collaborations reads like the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame: Pink Floyd, Elton John, Supertramp, Jeff Beck, George Harrison, Procol Harum, Devo, Lou Reed, Frank Zappa and more.
I remember the moment that I realised that I don’t want to own a smartphone. It was 11AM on a Monday morning, everything was falling apart and I was stood outside an abandoned building that used to be a double-glazed window storage unit. It had been repurposed as an ecstasy-drenched, sweat fest.
I was exhausted, confused and high on fatigue. My limbs were frazzled, my brain reduced to an insignificant smudge; a barely recognisable blip on the horizon of what used to be reality. That was all normal.
All that was left was my equally weathered gaggle of acquaintances —…
Last month, after a five-year legal challenge brought by human rights charity Privacy International, the UK High Court ruled that British intelligence services (MI4, MI5, and GCHQ) can no longer engage in bulk surveillance based on one generic warrant known as a ‘general warrant’.
Until now, it has been shockingly easy for the intelligence services to get permission from the Home Office to spy on large groups of people. In 2014, the Edward Snowden disclosures revealed that UK intelligence services were using mass-hacking techniques to access potentially millions of devices. …
Three years after the tragic death of her 18-year-old daughter Eleanor Rowe, Wendy Teasdill found herself placed on a small stage in the field next to where the tragedy took place.
The festival was Boomtown Fair, a theatrical and immersive music festival that takes place near Hampshire.
Despite not knowing if she would even be able to speak at first, wearing a black dress and clutching a family picture of her daughters, she told her story:
“It was the third time she’d ever had [ketamine] and she didn’t have a lot,” Wendy said, standing on a small stage behind a…
We live, ladies and gentlemen, in the golden age of the internet conspiracy theory. It’s really kicked off, you’re going to fall out with people — go within a one metre radius of an internet connection and you’ll have a flurry of falsehoods thrust upon you from all directions.
It’s so relentless it’s eclipsing any rational debate online now, it hoovers up people’s anxieties and fears and transforms them into hundreds of thousands of shout-y and objectively incorrect internet posts.