What becoming the media’s favourite group to blame taught me about the way they work.

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Moving to Australia has seriously opened my eyes to the way the media manipulates our views of different groups. It is something I have always ‘known’ but not something I ever thought really worked.

In London, where I grew up, Muslims, Black people, Eastern Europeans and pretty much every non-white group have all had their fair share of targeted hate led by the media, but I am ashamed to say that it has taken becoming the blamed party myself to start to truly understand the extent to which people are manipulated by this.

I remember watching a TV show about the 7/11 bombings in London where a young Muslim girl was not allowed on the bus with her Cello, because of a racist bus driver who had seen Muslims blamed for the tragedy. …

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For most of my life I denounced my personality as analytical and logical, without a creative bone in my body.

I suppose I put this blind acceptance down to my inability to produce anything remotely lifelike in art lessons, but I guess I will never know.

What I do know, though, is that creativity is about more than just the ability to draw.

What I also know is that I AM creative, but it manifests itself differently than it does in, say, my artist housemate.

It has taken me starting a career as a copywriter at the ripe old age of 25 to realise that being incapable of drawing does not mean that I am uncreative. …

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“The Good Old Days…”

We’ve all heard it, maybe even uttered the words.

Nostalgia has the ability to draw us to products and people, simply by appealing to our rose-tinted memories.

But how do we tell the difference between genuine nostalgia and the false kind created by the big boys for their own gain?

And what was even so good about the old days?

Not as much as it seems

Trump gained his significant following with his pledge to “Make America Great Again”, but it is widely recognised that the America he refers to was not so great after all — at least not for those in the minority. …

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My personal silver lining of lockdown has been the ability to spend time learning new skills for no explicit reason.

Why did I buy a colouring book? I just wanted to (and paint by numbers was all sold out!)

Why did I start writing? I have always loved to but never thought it could make me money.

Why did I start skateboarding? Because my friends were, and I thought it looked cool.

6 months ago, these reasons would not have justified my time, but this weird new world that we live in has encouraged me to spend time learning just because I want to. …

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Being a vegetarian is new to me, I only stopped eating meat 3 months ago and still eat fish (so I am actually a pescatarian, I guess).

The reason, despite this short timeframe, that I still feel compelled to write an entire article about it is that until 3 months ago, I was the kind of person that didn’t consider a meal “complete” without some kind of meat-based centrepiece.

It wasn’t as sudden a change as that might sound, though. …

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Gone are the days when all cyber-threats came from a single nerd in a room writing code. The modern-day hacker does not need any programming experience to steal your personal details.

For “social engineers” psychology is much more important.

Social engineering is mental manipulation aiming for disclosure of personal information, whether in person, online or over the phone.

What makes social engineering attacks so successful (and therefore damaging) is that you might not even realise you have given any information away.

Perhaps the most common form of social engineering is phishing emails, which pose as individuals or businesses that the receiver knows and trusts. …


Felicity Thompson

Freelance writer & researcher. Originally from London but travelling the world in pursuit of perpetual summer.

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