A few years ago, the Russian media bombarded with news about the so-called “Blue Whale challenge” which, allegedly, has led to the suicides of many teenagers in the country. The “Blue Whale” consists of 50 challenges over 50 days; the first tasks are innocuous (“Wake up during the night.” or “Watch a scary movie.”), but
Because of her truly altruistic aspirations, I hope Greta Thunberg perpetuates herself as a symbol of the youth raising awareness of significant social issues, and not as ‘the overly emotional sick girl who has to go to school’. However, if her good deed falls into the wrong hands, she could become a dangerous political weapon.
Compared to countries with a polarised media landscape, i.e. a political spectrum ranging from the extreme left to the extreme right, reflecting an equally polarised society (e.g. the USA, the UK), Germany offers a system wherein all major media are clustered around the media-political centre (Reuters Institute Digital News Report, 2017, p.20-21). The weight of
A while ago, Fern (Frances McDormand) and her husband lived in a small American town based around industry. After the local gypsum factory’s shutdown, the town practically ceased to exist. And during this painfully chaotic situation, Fern’s husband died, leaving her forlorn, jobless, houseless (as she likes to call herself). She starts living in her
As the landscape of cinema is ever-evolving, filmmakers that look to challenge their audiences have less and less ability to find funding for large-scale projects. While directors like Christopher Nolan and Quentin Tarantino may have the resources to make their wild original projects, they only can do so with the backing of their studios that