This week saw a rise in the power of journalism with WikiLeaks releasing a vast amount of unseen highly controversial government material. From day one WikiLeaks has set the standard for investigative journalism, Julian Assange has revolutionized the way media and information should be portrayed, a true Orwell soldier, on the war against Big Brother. So this is me a young recruit supporting a hero.
As more and more children get hypnotized by consumer technology, is it possible that the kids of the “Apple Era” are getting more disconnected with the real in word ?When the first telephone was invented in March 1876 it sparked a new age of communication, people could talk and send messages all over the world, people could remain distant but still in touch, relationships are now started and ended over phone calls texts and multiple social networking sites.
Looking back the past century, we realize that a child’s childhood has become more restricted and limited, this could be due to a number of different factors one being the world is perceived to be more and more dangerous with war, rising crime rate, paedophilia and other things but is the world really getting more dangerous ? According to recent crime rate figures the world is actually getting a lot safer ,this can be a debatable conclusion, it seems as the public perception has gotten more negative the safety measures we have put in to counter these things have actually done their job.
In many ways this has resulted in “The death of childhood” children are bottling up their passions and the ability to be creative has gone to other more dangerous past times , this can be backed up by the rise in teenage pregnancies and binge drinking. The child of the 1950’s is totally different from the child of 2010.
“ Technology made it easy for us to stay in touch while keeping our distance. Till we just stayed distant and never touched, now all we do is text too much” an important quote in understanding of how the media and technology has changed are ways of communicating and socializing.
Apple was founded in 1976 by a man named Steve Jobs, the company revolutionized the way computers and personal media players were thought to look and be made. Since then I think it has become a money-eating machine hungry on global domination, pumped up with brand boosting steroids, the public has become obsessed in buying branded products and have lost a sense of being unique and diverse. Photographers Michael Tompert and Paul Fairchild have really challenged the world’s view on Apple products, by destroying new Apple-branded products Michael and Paul have questioned what these products actually mean to you, an amazingly clever use of photography was used and a great viewing experience.
Destroyed Apple Iphone 4
The remains of an Ipod Touch
Ipad with multiple bullet holes
Following the Gulf Oil Spill, British designer Anthony Burrill went on to create 200 limited edition “Oil & Water Do Not Mix” posters, these posters may look remarkably simple and manufactured at first glance, but on closer inspection you notice that the words are actually made of oil and sand residue collected on the beaches of New Orleans and Louisiana. The paintings make an important statement on how the world’s oil consumption is affecting us.
DDark is a rapper/producer from East-London, he has worked with the likes of Chipmunk and other great UK Rap stars. As a teenager DDark was already producing music and rapping; since then he has featured on Channel U and BBC Radio 1xtra. He has got what I like to call an aristocratic flow which is a mix of educated lyrics and knock-out rhythm. On the producing side of things, he has made tunes for artists such as Xploder and Highly Rated, and occasionally dabbles in dubstep, house and electro. Great lyrics, sick beats, watch this space because DDark is about to blow.
Catch him on Twitter, Myspace, Youtube and Facebook
Young,Energetic and reckless , three adjectives to describe a group of guys who are united by two ever so important things, Skateboarding & Northampton. PoorKid Skateboarding is a skating group, think of a British Dogtown without all the publicity, besides skating they also shoot and edit videos of themselves. Considering their ages and lack of skating facilities they are doing amazing. Keep an eye out for them, awesome raw British skating.
It’s very rare to find a new local band who first of, look the part, but also wear matching attire. When you do stumble upon such a band you are faced with a barrage of unadulterated
no its not upside down
filth.The Mobbs however look “Jolly Good” and having heard a few of their tracks they are definitely worth the mention. Look out for their iconic stickers on a lamp-post near you.
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Okay summer has come, the orange tan look has become totally unacceptable and school uniform just horrendous. But anyway we have SUN!!!!! for an African boy like me that’s all you really need to make the people happy plus some “banging” tunes. So here you go fellow humans :
Gil Scott-Heron was a leader, a poet, a rapper, a artist and a truly remarkable human being. R.I.P Mr Scott-Heron.
New Cassettes have been the background band for a bit too long, having been together for about six years and also supporting bands such as The Strokes and Friendly Fires, and to top it off, they were the first band to play at Latitude; it’s about time they receive the public attention they deserve.
With an EP coming out soon and various other projects running (such as a the launching of a new MTV service and a huge hush-hush project with The Inbetweeners US show), the Northampton band are definitely a “one to look out for”
Top 5 Must Listen :
P.S Listen too all the songs they are all AMAZINGLY AWESOME !!!! and also Tommy Francis is a LEEEEEGEND (as he likes to say).
Big things seem to be happening at XL Recordings , with Friendly Fires kicking off their tour in a couple of months (November to be precise), and Adele’s album receiving phenomenal success; it feels like they have a billion things going on at the same time. Southend band The Horrors have produced a new album, “Skying” making it their 3rd studio album since “Strange House” back in ’07.
“Still Life” was the first single released from the album and offers a comeback to their hit “Primary Colours”. On first listening, the beginning starts off like an overly commercialized Coldplay song, but then you are hit with a playful punch of piano synths and Faris Badwan‘s soothing, almost psychiatric voice. A superbly beautiful song, perfectly produced and definitely one to put on after a dodgy hang-over