Category Essays

How has the journalism industry been affected by ‘new media’?

Publishers such as Rupert Murdoch have complained that new media companies, such as Google, Facebook and Twitter, represent not only a threat to their businesses, but also a threat to press freedom itself. New media receives several criticisms, from commercial gripes to concern over algorithms and the removal of content for various reasons. Despite this, […]

Putting the X back in Xmas

It may come as a surprise to you, but there are some people who not only say they dislike Christmas, but really do vehemently hate it. Despite the fact that these people are often shunned as grumpy old men, there are several valid and notable objections to certain parts of this wonderful time of year. […]

Dublin: Writers and Rebels

Amid the small crowd of tourists gathering outside Dublin’s General Post Office, an elderly man approaches a small group of pro-choice protesters and makes a remark about how the Church is too powerful, telling them that they’ll never win on abortion. Unhesitatingly, the young protester to which he addressed his attack responds, telling him that the […]

Outlining the Case Against Monarchy

There are times in the life of a Republican when it feels as if one is eternally damned to serve as a member of the opposition. Towards the end of 2012, we were reminded all too often of the family that rules over us. It felt that with the Diamond Jubilee and the royal wedding […]