The Night Listeners

Over the last two decades there have been regular revolutions and upheavals in our mass media – so why does the mystery and romance of the late-night radio DJ still endure?

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Made You Look

Bug director Ekow Eshun has curated a new exhibition exploring themes of identity, maleness, race and power through photographic images of the black dandy. Here he explains the genesis of the show, and his own experiences that make up its personal background

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Is Pop Music the New Feminism?

When is presentation of your sexuality empowering and when is it exploitative? Are stars like Miley Cyrus and Nikki Minaj playing into a culture of pornification or defining their image on their own terms?

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All Shook Up

We know pop music matters, but the way it communicates with us can be hard to describe. Here’s one attempt, inspired by Elvis fans

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Does Music Still Matter?

37 Things You Need To Know About Modern Britain #14 – Is music now a spent force locked in competition with mobile phones, games, television and the internet?

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The Secret History Of Youth Culture

The youth cultures and tribal styles of 1980s Britain are now widely lauded and studied by creatives and intellectuals. But the seriousness of these treatments would have surprised the original practitioners

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The Secret History of Youth Culture

37 Things You Need To Know About Modern Britain #13 – Mods, rockers, skinheads, punks, goths, ravers; the story of modern Britain is the story of its youth cultures and tribes

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Girls Rule the World

Are women exploiting their sexuality to their advantage or simply pandering to male fantasy? What do women need to do to make an impact today? And who really calls the shots?

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Are You in Love with your Phone?

37 Things You Need To Know About Modern Britain #12 – Is our emotional attachment to our phones are changing our real-world relationships for better or for worse?

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How I learned to stop worrying and love pink

The pinkest of all pink books for girls offers surprising insight into the meaning of life

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What’s the problem with pink?

37 Things You Need To Know About Modern Britain #11 – Should we keep our rose-tinted specs on, or chuck them in the Patriarchy Dumper?

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What Zayn leaving 1D tells us about modern pop

The sort of fuss we’ve seen before? Not really, no; it’s actually a sign of One Direction’s unique post-modernity

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High manxiety! Meet the Fretrosexual

Modern males are increasingly feeling the kind of perfection-pressures traditionally associated with women. What are the signs? And what will the world look like in a future when every man – even Freddie Flintoff – is a little bit fretro?

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Modern politics, sort of

Just an interesting bit of graffiti from Edinburgh that says quite a lot about current values

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Is Drake the new Proust? No, really

On his new album, Drake has declared war on cliché. Proust would approve

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17 signs that money is ruining London

Is money is changing London for better or worse?

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London is changing: the art of a crisis

Rebecca Ross’ art project records people’s feelings about the changes currently affecting the capital, and seemed timely to us given our talk on the subject at the House of St Barnabas this Thursday

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Telegraph vs Times: isn’t ‘editorial independence’ outdated anyway?

The broadsheets’ battle over editorial freedom from commercial pressures is at root an unwinnable fight for an ideal whose time may be passing – and which was somewhat less noble in origin than is often supposed

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Overswipe: a new point of smartphone etiquette

What is “overswiping”, and why should you avoid it?

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Inevitably, Britain now has its first ‘extreme diner’

Man Vs Food made eating challenges into A Thing; now there’s a restaurant entirely dedicated to 6lb burger challenges and the “Macho Nacho Sombrero Challenge”

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