Happiness in the everyday

Work, commuting, money, housework, eating well, keeping fit, getting enough sleep, staying in touch with friends. Daily responsibilities can be a lot to keep up with. Sometimes my mind can get swamped with all the thoughts and reminders I need to store in it. Sometimes I get anxious.

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‘Mind your own’ – social media and our heads

My head has been aching recently. Physically and metaphorically. The weight of being a millennial with an iPhone has been growing heavier, powered by stress and being generally unwell over the last few months. First world problems, right?

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Let’s talk about sex… ism

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People complaining about the use of the words feminism/feminist, without taking the time to understand what they actually mean, is truly frustrating. A simple Google search will tell you that the definition is the advocacy of women’s rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes. Is it wrong of anyone to want that? No. Is it wrong of anyone to deny women equality? Yes. Do we still need it in today’s society? Absolutely.

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A hung parliament and #DogsAtPollingStations 

It’s the 9th of June and the snap election result has been announced. It’s a little peculiar, because as the Tories mourn the loss of their majority in parliament, they still came out on top. Meanwhile, Labour celebrate having finished 85 seats behind a majority win.

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Defamation: civil law suits and big names

This blog post was written as part of a university project.

Defamation can be defined as the communication of a false and publicised statement which harms an individual or organisation’s reputation, making them an object of ridicule or making others believe that they are unable to do their job correctly. Statements of a defamatory nature, once published in ‘permanent form’, are considered libellous, as opposed to slanderous which covers vocal statements allowing negative opinions to be formed.

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Moral panics and the media

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Image from Flickr

This blog post was written as part of a university project.

Moral panics can be defined as widespread concern and often hysteria over an issue that has been heavily reported in the press, leading the public to believe that the problem has potential to directly affect them. Traits of a moral panic also include hostility, consensus and volatility. Individuals often react in a way that is disproportionate to the actual issue.

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News curation – Storify

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Screenshot from my Storify page

This blog post was written as part of a university project.

Storify was a completely new concept to me when I was instructed to use it for my assignment. When I first logged into the website, I was confused by the layout: the way users have the option to comment on each separate paragraph of text and being able to import items from Twitter, Facebook and the internet is something I wasn’t aware I could do online.

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Journey through Twitter and space

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Screenshot from my own Twitter account

This blog post was written as part of a university project.

Before my News and Journalism assignment began, my Twitter usage had been limited mainly to my place of work to tweet my articles and promote the company. My boss encouraged me to get Twitter, but I just didn’t see much future use for it. I’d say that I’m more extroverted in real life than I am online; I mainly share images and memories to Facebook, and wondered how I’d fill even the short 140 character limit with my thoughts.

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