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Simon Moore is 18, fresh out of school and is going to scan news outlets for stories that we may have missed — Friday. 5pm.
Je suis Cedric
A French farmer named Cedric Herrou has taken the migrant crisis into his own hands by illegally smuggling migrants over the French-Italian border. Herrou has become a local hero in the Roya Valley, sheltering several hundred migrants over the past few months on his olive and poultry farm.
Inevitably, his actions have caught up with him and he is currently facing trial to the dismay of many in France and across the world. Placards reading “Je suis Cedric” have been on display outside the courthouse in Nice. It was here that Herrou told supporters “If we have to break the law to help people, let’s do it!”
Whether you see him as a courageous rebel standing up to an unjust system or a foolish criminal defying wise authority, there is much to learn and admire from his reckless commitment to the cause.
‘Revolting’, a new satirical sketch show, debuted on BBC Two last Tuesday and caused a fair amount of controversy. This was almost entirely due to one promotional clip that went viral. Its title- “The Real Housewives of ISIS”. You can imagine the backlash. Co-creator Heydon Prowse claims, “We would have had to question whether we were up to scratch as satirists if we didn’t tackle the Islamic State. It’s one thing in a wide breadth of satire and I think it’s really important it sparked the global debate that it did.”
The crux of the debate is what, if anything, should be off limits to comedians? Is it fair for two British satirists to make fun of a reality that they don’t fully understand the horror of? My opinion: of course they can, it’s just not very funny. What do you think?
They’re Taking Our Jobs
If you watched Channel 4 sci-fi drama Humans, you will be all too aware that robots are going to take over the world and that they will start by taking all our jobs.
At one start-up across the pond, Robots are cooking our pizzas. For Zume Pizza the name of the game is efficiency, with automated ovens finishing the cooking process in the back of their delivery vans.
If you are worried that all this will deprive real humans of work, you are not alone. One Yelp reviewer claims Zume are “taking away from what pizza actually is”, whatever that means. Doug from Minneapolis isn’t the only one coming out with bold claims though, as the company itself believes “Zume is the pizza that feeds your soul.” I’ll leave you to make up your own mind…
The White Saviour
Earlier this week we were treated to The Golden Globes. A bizarre, insular shindig where everyone’s a winner. This year, there was one speech in particular that made the headlines, Meryl Streep’s compelling, if somewhat self-righteous, anti-Trump outcry.
You may, therefore, have missed the controversy surrounding the UK’s very own Tom Hiddleston, as he accepted his well-deserved award for Best Actor in a Mini-Series or TV Motion Picture. Check out The Night Manager if you haven’t already. He used his speech to talk about his recent trip to South Sudan and was criticised for being a so-called “White Saviour”. Is this an unfair criticism for a nervous man who is trying to shed some light on a serious issue or is it just vain self-promotion masked as kind hearted humanitarianism?
Have you ever had the joy of flicking through the channels on a crackling FM radio, jumping from the Shipping Forecast to Beethoven to Little Mix in a matter of seconds? Maybe/Maybe not. Well this will no longer be possible in Norway, as the Scandinavian nation prepares to start switching off its FM radio network this week. Despite 74% of its population owning one or more DAB radio the move is a contentious one. A recent poll showed that 66% of the population oppose the change.
With the rise of podcasts and online stations, is traditional radio a dying art form? I certainly hope not, but reports suggest that the UK might be waiting in the wings to follow Norway’s lead. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.
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