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The Fourth Estate

In no particular order, here is a comprehensive list of everything I’ve hated this past week: 1. Flash mobs, the idea of a flash mob, and the kind of people who find this sort of thing “fun”- the whole concept of organising happiness infuriates me. Flash mobbing makes everyone around you feel uncomfortable and awkward for your embarrassing display of...

Web Exclusive: The ‘Badness’ of Bad Language

One of my favourite films of all time is The Big Lebowski. There’s one scene which I feel sums up a lot of my social interactions: the film’s narrator, a mysterious cowboy known as The Stranger, is having a discussion at a bar with our laid-back protagonist, The Dude. The Stranger asks, “do you have to use so many...

Controversial Conservative: Lord Forsyth’s political past

The announcement of candidates for this years Rectorial election contains the usual mix of famous and influential names from the worlds of politics, sport, entertainment and business. As is typical of St Andrews elections, banners are flying, posters printed and hustings loom, with a fierce, fun but short campaign well under way. Lord Michael Forsyth, Baron of Drumlean, a...

The Fourth Estate

Can journalists contradict themselves, and still provide insight? Or should they always choose a side, and remain consistent with that choice for the length of their careers? In my opinion, these  questions form the core ethical controversy of the media today, whether in print or television. Anyone who has ever had the fortunate opportunity to experience Sean Hannity on America's...

A Constitutional Mandate

Every generation lives within its own historical matrix. It has its own demographics, its own economic system, military complexes, global affairs, and religious assumptions. Every generation is uniquely enclosed within their context. We, like every other generation before us and every one to follow, cannot escape our self-imposed reality. I believe the current shortcomings of the U.S. Congress have a...

Vapid Politicians

An article in the last edition of the Saint, titled “Elite Versus Common”, confirmed a fear I have held for some time now. The truth of the terrifying and bizarre field of Republican Presidential candidates needed no verification. Nor was it the existence of socio-economic antipathy in Britain; as a working class Scot, frankly I enjoy a bit of...

Universities are for Everyone

The last issue of The Saint published an article penned by David Earnshaw titled “Universities are not for Everyone." While I think that the issues raised by Mr. Earnshaw are important, I do not think that he succeeded in presenting a coherent “point of view”. I raise two objections. I depart and take inspiration from Earnshaw’s words when he writes...

Come On Prude Boy, Can You Give It Up?

Celebrities are the philosophers and spiritual guides of the 21st century. They sit on the pedestals we’ve built for them, role models for how to dress or do your make-up, what food to eat and how to live. You need only scan your eyes over the magazine racks to see what an impact certain individuals, whom we’re unlikely ever...

The Perks of a ‘McArts’ Degree

I do not study sciences, Medicine, or maths. My Arts degree is not one of the acceptable ‘job-ready’ subjects such as Economics, Management, Languages, or even International Relations. Instead, I am happily enrolled in a joint degree featuring the ever employable Philosophy and Modern History. No, this decision was not an after-thought; surprisingly I selected such courses even though...

Mother Teresa- Humanitarian, Saviour, Fraudster

Who was Mother Teresa? Ask anyone on the street, and they will likely spout some vagaries about caring for the poor and marginalized. Wikipedia dryly notes that she is arguably the most revered female figure of the last half-century, on an accelerated path to sainthood, and a recipient of a Nobel Peace Prize as well as countless other international...