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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The BBC’s biggest problem is that it patronises and segments its audience.
Blair Spowart, spiked, 15 July 2015
The BBC should realise that shake-ups are good.
Andrew Orlowski, spiked, 15 July 2015
Proposals are 'unworkable in practice, raise enormous legal and ethical questions, and would undo progress on security at a time when internet vulnerabilities are causing extreme economic harm', leading experts argue
Andrew Griffin, Independent, 8 July 2015
The way to stop the Conservatives marginalising the corporation is to make them realise that an assault would spell political disaster
Guardian, 1 July 2015
Feminism poses a bigger threat to womanhood than those ads ever could.
Ella Whelan, spiked, 28 April 2015
Mental illness is no respecter of wealth, class, creed, nationality, sex or job. It just is, and the sooner we are as open about our mental health as we are about our physical health, the happier and better off as nations we will all be.
Alastair Campbell , Huffington Post, 20 April 2015
Middle-class breasts on Instagram – good. Big tits in the Sun – bad.
Ella Whelan, spiked, 9 April 2015
Over the past few years visual content has risen to the top as a preferred form of social media content. Seeing is believing, and in 2015 this visual trend will continue and strengthen as our attention spans weaken.
Lori McNee, Fine Art Tips, 13 January 2015
A lot of dreadful things happened in 2014. But one potential positive trend is that it seemed increasingly difficult to get away with dismissing or condemning those with mental health problems. Is this an anomaly, or is the tide really turning against mental health stigma?
Dean Burnett, Guardian, 19 December 2014
Jamie Bartlett, The Telegraph, 16 September 2014
A cultured ear: why does listening to music matter?
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George Thomas, orthopaedic surgeon; editor, Indian Journal of Medical Ethics