Don't touch that dial: what's wrong with London Live
Welcome to London Live. Like the England team – it’s not doing very well at the moment. Launched in March as part of what the government hopes will be a chain of local TV stations, it was seen as the most lucrative television franchise since Channel 5 arrived in 1997. What went wrong?
By Darryl Chamberlain Friday, 15 August 2014 8:04 AM
Doing Feminism: Chatting About the Unspeakable With Laurie Penny
On vile internet comments, the pros of perversion, and the bullyboys of the British press.
At 27, Laurie Penny spent a massive amount of time thinking and writing about the reasons hatred towards people who don’t conform is tolerated in the UK. Her articles appear in the New Statesman, Guardian, Independent, and Vice; her blog Penny Red was short-listed for the Orwell Prize and she tweets to over 93,000 followers. In conversation, she’s a charismatic person with a great sense of humour and a wealth of knowledge about the complexities gender, class and race in modern Britain.
By Christian Ledwell Friday, 18 July 2014 1:46 PM
Lost in Transmutation: Literature and film
University classes and glass-eyed professors have long pondered the significance and meaning of the word ‘literature’. The most forthcoming definition is that offered, as always, by the Oxford English Dictionary: “Written works, especially those considered of superior or lasting artistic merit.” But what can this definition reveal to us about film, and how much the form of literature has changed, especially when looking at the inception of the auteur’s contribution? Could a film be termed literature? Perhaps but perhaps not.
By Declan Tan Tuesday, 24 June 2014 6:12 PM