Why Capitalism Will Make You Lonely

Lately, I'm reading a book about the language and importance of friendships, by Deborah Tannen, a linguistics professor. As she writes in her book, "everything else is just stuff". Despite this, sometimes it seems impossible to balance with work and everything else, especially if (like me) you have solitary hobbies and faraway friends. It's almost … Continue reading Why Capitalism Will Make You Lonely

What You Can’t Do – “The Modern Worker Enjoying His Liberty”

Every week I try to write a post. Try to prove to myself that I'm a writer, a thinker, an activist. Some weeks it is easier than others. Last week, writing poured from me. Not writing anything would have been harder! Other weeks, it's like blood from a tired stone. Being a consumer and a … Continue reading What You Can’t Do – “The Modern Worker Enjoying His Liberty”

5 Activism Hot-Takes Inspired by Extinction Rebellion

Extinction Rebellion now needs no introduction, thank goodness. The climate crisis political activism group is making an impact across the globe, including in London, where activists at the time of writing are currently blocking the streets in an act of mass civil disobedience. Inspired by their activism, these are my 5 biggest environmental factors to … Continue reading 5 Activism Hot-Takes Inspired by Extinction Rebellion

3 Ways To Make Ethical Consumerism Make a Difference

Ethical consumerism is a tricky beast. On one hand, you want to buy ethically and not contribute to exploitative tax-avoiding planet-killing companies. On the other, you only have a limited budget and time, and the alternatives can be hard to find and expensive. https://youtu.be/OagTXWfaXEo Fear not, for your efforts are meaningless! To be exact, your … Continue reading 3 Ways To Make Ethical Consumerism Make a Difference

Who’s In Control of Your Ad-Break?

Something I’ve been noticing a lot recently is the absurdity of the ad break in TV. More specifically, the contrast in “entertainment”. I go abruptly from watching something I have enjoy, to watching a series of seconds-long clips selling everything under the sun. Both will try to grab my attention and entertain me, but only … Continue reading Who’s In Control of Your Ad-Break?

Late Post This Week: Should I post on Advertising or on Giving Support?

Hey, So I’ve been busy, I’m buying my first car very soon and starting a new temp job tomorrow, so suddenly I find myself on Sunday evening with no post. I’ve got two pretty developed ideas for a post, but as I haven’t written either yet, I thought it might be a good idea to … Continue reading Late Post This Week: Should I post on Advertising or on Giving Support?

Why Street Begging is so uncomfortable.

I want to unpack the question of the awkwardness around homelessness. First, there is a legal definition of homeless, and a social/moral one. The legal definition includes not having a permanent home or place of residence. Within homeless there's a spectrum ranging from hotel to hostel to the street. Charities work at all levels; providing … Continue reading Why Street Begging is so uncomfortable.

Job Seeker – You Need to Hear These 9 Facts

What I wanted to write about is about all the ways the job search and the job market is annoying, as it appears to me as a 20-something almost-nobody who ~kinda~ knows what they want and has had ~some~ jobs, who isn't the 30 year old Forbes-reading  frustrated professional who desperately wants to make it in the … Continue reading Job Seeker – You Need to Hear These 9 Facts

Fixing the World; but beware: Thoughts are Noise (Mental Health Work)

It's a beautiful day here, and I'm up my own rear end again with a new book to read, called Thrive, it's a sturdy social studies book about "The power of evidence-based psychological therapies", and so far, I'm 2 chapters in (and yet I'm still not a sponsored book reviewer, wtf?). It's essentially so far … Continue reading Fixing the World; but beware: Thoughts are Noise (Mental Health Work)