Category Archives: The Media

The Real Changes to Housing Benefit

In Autumn 2010, the newspapers were full of stories about a new cap on Housing Benefit (HB), we were told that from now on no one would be given more than £400 pounds a week to spend on rent. The … Continue reading

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The Killing (Forbrydelsen)

I haven’t found any reviews that capture what I think is good about the Danish detective series The Killing (Forbrydelsen) currently showing on BBC4, so I’m going to write my own. The reason I’m watching The Killing is because a … Continue reading

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Do We Allow Power to Corrupt?

Earlier this year Joris Lammers published a paper Through five compelling experiments, Lammers has shown that powerful people are more likely to behave immorally but paradoxically less likely to tolerate immorality in other people. Even thinking about the feeling of … Continue reading

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What Has Happened to Welfare?

In October 2008 the labour government introduced a new system of benefits for the sick and disabled called Employment Support Allowance (ESA). The system was designed to tackle the ‘dependency culture’ by weeding out the huge numbers of people they … Continue reading

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Pictures in the English Newspapers

While investigating stories in the newspapers for the first blog, I noticed that there was also gender bias in the pictures. I suspected that photos of males were picked to illustrate who was relevant to the story whereas photos of … Continue reading

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Quick Review of Gender Bias in the Newspapers

It occurred to me after finishing the last investigation that maybe the bias discovered was due to the news that day (April 13th) rather than an ongoing bias in the papers, so I did another brief check in the papers … Continue reading

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Is there Gender bias in the English newspapers?

Following an argument in which my opponent refused to accept that there were differences in the way men and women are portrayed in the press, I thought I’d do a little investigating. My suspicion was that men and women were … Continue reading

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