Reality Television may be the most prominent genre on our screens these days. It’s hated, it’s loved and it’s everything in between. Culturally and societally, its impact is huge. The concept of unscripted, real-life situations on television is highly addictive for a lot of people and it’s easy to see why. There’s something for everyone as we watch normal people try find … [Read more...] about The impact of reality television: Should it be so easily discarded?
When I was growing up, the people most famous and influential were major pop stars and film stars. The fastest way to catch-up with celebrity gossip was to tune into E! News or to pick up a copy of your favourite magazine. Today, to be famous means something entirely different. The noughties saw the birth and rapid development of social media. What began as a tool for … [Read more...] about What does it mean to be ‘famous’ and ‘influential’ in 2021 and is there a difference?
President Michael D. Higgins’ refusal to attend the 100th anniversary of the partition of Ireland and the foundation of Northern Ireland, caused a significant stir in political circles across our island. Many people across the Republic of Ireland overwhelmingly supported this call, even though the reasons for President Higgins’ refusal bore no semblance to many of the reasons … [Read more...] about 100 years on from its formation, what’s next for Northern Ireland?
There is nothing quite like the physicality of a book. The heaviness of it in your hands, the crispness of pages. Words printed on paper, bound together between covers. I have always been a great lover of physical books. I like annotations, recording my own thoughts through highlighter and pencil, decorating the book so it becomes something unique. Far from my own, but no … [Read more...] about The various bodies of a book – paperback or electronic?
An advisory panel at The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently endorsed COVID-19 boosters for certain Americans. For now, the CDC is only recommending a third Pfizer vaccine for those 65 and older, nursing home residents, and adults aged 18 to 64 with underlying health conditions. In Ireland, the National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) have also … [Read more...] about Should we be preparing for annual COVID-19 booster vaccines?