Is the world becoming more autistic as an effect of the way life has become organised by network computers?

Neurodiversity is “the idea that neurological differences like autism and ADHD are the result of normal, natural variation in the human genome” (Elder Robison, 2013), thereby rejecting the idea that people with these conditions need to be cured and instead arguing they should be celebrated and supported in living their lives. It has been noted …

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To what extent is ethnic culture portrayed authentically in Hollywood films and the impact audiences can have

Introduction This research is about the representation of ethnicity in the Hollywood film industry. My aim is to analyse how authentic the representation of black ethnicity is in the film industry and the effect this has on its audiences. I will critically examine how ethnicity is represented through films and the arguable legitimacy of this, …

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Can media texts can challenge and subvert dominant discourses about identity?

Women traditionally take on an expressive role in the home environment and “tend to be depicted as being affectionate, submissive, forgiving, and fragile, but as having low amounts of self-confidence, ambition, dominance, and individualism.” (Busby, 1974) An example of this can be seen in many Disney texts which present the stereotype of a damsel in …

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With the increase of music streaming services such as Spotify why is it that the majority of music we consume is still produced by “The Big Three”?

With the method of streaming music becoming more popular than ever. Streaming revenue increased by 48% in just the first half of 2017 (Recording Industry Association of America, 2017) and with Spotify having over 70 million subscribers at the start of 2018 (Spotify Press, 2018) it is clear that this is the new forefront when …

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Can the internet can be a model virtual public sphere that enables participation, civic debate and the rational exchange of opinions ?

The public sphere is a concept created by Habermas in 1962, established based on the need for democracy and therefore requiring a space for discussion and informing the general public. The public sphere is to be a place accessible to everyone, this used to be physical however in the modern age social media has adapted …

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