A Writer’s Life

Writers, I think, are inherently hyperactive. Hyperactive with a splash of the neurotics. Those who aren’t writers will disagree. We resemble that of a sloth in the mornings, hunting out our first caffeine hit with the grace of a moss-covered creature. We then retreat to our cave, slowly experiencing the ritual metamorphosis until we resemble…

Is a Dystopia Synonymous with Humanity?

Why Dystopian? It’s a question I’m inevitably asked when discussing my books and essays. My short answer is: Do I get a choice? Followed by my long answer: It’s what makes us human. The dystopian genre is a messy reflection of the good, bad and in-betweens of humanity in difficult situations. The dystopian society is an…

Facebook Censorship Has “Chilling Effect on News”

Facebook has been in the censorship news again. This time with former employees coming forward to confirm that the social media platform does indeed censor news. According to one ex-journalist, the site regularly excludes U.S. conservative topics for the trending section on the right hand side of the website – even if they were trending…

“This is a Black Day in the History of Journalism”

Any journalist worth their salt understands the risks that go along with investigative reporting. Any journalist who doesn’t report on a journalist receiving the death sentence isn’t entitled to call themselves journalists. It’s a headlining article for any paper, yet the media hardly allocate the story to anything but a sideline column. The sheer nature…

Pre-Crime Unit in China to be Established

Minority Report’s Pre-Crime is no longer a work of fiction. The Communist Party in China are working closely with state-run defense contractors, China Electronics Technology Group, to develop a software program that will collate citizens’ everyday behavior and pre-determine terrorist acts before they occur. Data collated will include hobbies, jobs, consumption habits, unorthodox behavior and…