Reading for Battle

Battle Readings is a regularly updated compilation of articles, essays, and opinion pieces relevant to the themes of the Battle of Ideas.

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Arts & Culture

No place for the real Hollywood story
Ahead of the Battle of Ideas 2015, film historian Kunle Olulode explores why Birth of a Nation is no ordinary film
Kunle Olulode, Index on Censorship, 12 October 2015

How Rugby World Cup teams are using Big Data Analytics to gain the advantage
It may be that the answer to who will win the World Cup may in fact lie in which team is able to unlock the insights and knowledge hidden within the vast amounts of data collected during the tournament.
techUK, 7 October 2015

Something Borrowed
Kenneth Goldsmith’s poetry elevates copying to an art, but did he go too far?
Alec Wilkinson, New Yorker, 5 October 2015

Oslo Architecture Triennale launch in New York
We must also acknowledge that for millions of people today, the very act of belonging is at risk.
-,, 29 September 2015

Artists must have the right to shock
It was a sad day for freedom when Brett Bailey’s work was shut down by a mob.
Manick Govinda, spiked, 25 September 2015

The BBC's Space: A short history of 21st Century indoor relief
Digital: the magic middle-class makework word
Andrew Orlowski , The Register, 24 September 2015

The television license fee should be abolished
Debating Matters' acclaimed Topic Guides place debates in a social context
Anwar Oduro-Kwarteng, Debating Matters, 28 August 2015

The biggest threat to comedy to self censorship
Tom Slater, spiked, 21 August 2015

Book review: Death by Video Game
Simon Parkin asks what makes video gaming so addictive, if not downright dangerous
Carl Miller, National, 20 August 2015

What is the nature of creativity?
Can we find its roots in the human brain? And if so, can we boost our creative powers? (Podcast)
Ian Sample, Guardian, 31 July 2015

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