I Spy… Gorillas and Trajectories

In BBC Focus, Christmas 2016 On p. 35 it is reported that coltan mining that make up smartphones in The Democratic Republic of Congo  is one of the major causes of the decline in lowland gorilla population, from 16,900 to 3,800. Jay L. Lemke in his article Travels in Hypermodality notes that the way we read… Continue reading I Spy… Gorillas and Trajectories

Specialinguini: Animal Aid Christmas Fayre

On behalf of Hillside, the Linguini spent last Sunday fundraising in the Animal Aid Christmas Fayre. While the event is a consumerist activity (the stalls all offer items for sale), it is primarily an event that brings like-minded people together. Contrary to VegFest, the Animal Aid Christmas fayre hosts mostly animal rights and animal charity… Continue reading Specialinguini: Animal Aid Christmas Fayre

I spy…Holiday Cheer(s)

In New Scientist, 3 December 2016 and Metro, 6 December 2016 New Scientist boasts that, “after years of public health messaging and a tightening of the advice on safe limits, the UK public finally seems to be reading the warning signs”.  Additionally, it is claimed that alcohol consumption is decreasing especially among young people, which is… Continue reading I spy…Holiday Cheer(s)

I spy… Consumption is Consuming Us

In Society Now, Autumn 2016, Issue 26, p. 7 (read it here) Helping us think before we buy A research into how to promote sustainable consumption in the fashion and energy industries by University of Sheffield and the London College of Fashion found that “consumers feel detached from the processes that bring electricity, gas and… Continue reading I spy… Consumption is Consuming Us

I spy… Fishing for blame

In New Scientist, 3 December 2016 “Invasive species[…] have been spotted in the deep seas of the eastern Mediterranean. The unexpected visitors were seen by remotely operated vehicle descending to depths of 1 kilometre in waters off Lebanon.” How interestingly are marine life framed! Who is the real invasive specie in this story? How many… Continue reading I spy… Fishing for blame

Identity of food: Part 2

You are what you eat, is the famous saying and I can say it in four languages. But you are also what you buy. The food we buy and the way food ‘talks’ to us has become a facet of our identity, a way for us to perform a certain identity. Dominant discourses about food… Continue reading Identity of food: Part 2