Brighton and Hove: How To Take On The Sun – And Win

Since 1979, no candidate for British Prime Minister has succeeded without the support of Rupert Murdoch’s newspaper The Sun.

Despite its ingrained sexism and misogynistic attitude towards women; despite its racist and xenophobic barrage of headlines; despite the illegal activities of a number of its senior staff; and despite lying repeatedly about the deaths of 96 football fans; The Sun remains the most widely read newspaper in the UK.

Alongside the monarchy, the newspaper continues to be the most popular obstacle to democracy in the country.

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WWE: Stereotypes, Racism and International Politics

In my youth I was an avid fan of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), or World Wrestling Federation (WWF) as it was known back then. The characters, the action, the storylines, the glitz and the glamour, the shocks and surprises, the backstabbing and betrayal, everything about it was designed to connect with an audience, and it had me hooked. It is no wonder that “Entertainment” was chosen as the new brand once the WWF title had become impossible to continue. (For those that don’t know, this was because of a dispute with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) who legally forced a name change).

It is not until you mature, or actually begin to look beneath the surface though, that you actually see the reality of what WWE does, and how it conducts its business.

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Exposure Or Payment

I am eight months into this writing malarkey now and things are progressing steadily. With regular columns in the leading UK tattoo magazine, submissions to numerous other sites, and features on Psychology Today and The Guardian, the portfolio has both quality and quantity.

In the age of the internet, where anyone and everyone can let their voice be heard in a matter of minutes, the blogging and writing world is incredibly saturated. With so many people wanting to get their message out there, and with so much content being created on a daily basis, websites are spoiled for choice with what they can offer their readers. Admittedly a lot of the content is incredibly poor, but good content is available, and if you do not provide it, somebody else will.

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The BBC: Israel’s Guard Dog in Gaza

This piece began life as an article on the topic of Gaza, but after staring at my screen for 20 minutes, my face as blank as the Microsoft Word document in front of me, it evolved into something else.

Trawling through the internet, reading article after article about the missile strikes on UN buildings, the deliberate targeting of children playing football on the beach, and the deaths of 25 members of the same family, it has left me feeling both numb and redundant.

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