A virus is exposing how much Western society is permeated with influential people who have deluded themselves into thinking that their ability to manipulate words, images, and sounds gives them the ability to control reality itself. Thomas Hobson and Daniel Bristow consider.
In this statement of solidarity for the current UCU strikes taking place across the country, we include a new updated version of Daniel Bristow's 2013 'What is a Strike?' along with a reflection on the 2020 action by James Smith.
Matt McManus discusses the rise of post-modern conservatism and how - for the American Left in particular - 2020 is a vital year in the battle against it.
Jingyi Wan discusses AI monitoring students movement in Chinese classrooms, and how from a Foucauldian perspective, things might be even worse in the Western world of performing lecturers.
Rob Gallagher discusses how avant-garde developers have reimagined the videogame as a vehicle for individual life stories and personal experiences, questioning the idea that these stories are inherently progressive.
Zoe Ereni considers the libidinal structures of the general election result, the apparently apathetic political generation and the dangers of forgetting the real economy as the site of our struggles.
With Boxing Day sales beginning, Jason Goldfarb gives a Lacanian reading of Black Friday, Cyber Monday, the sales, and consumerism.