Tainted press, incompetent policing and the rise of social media hate: The Madeline McCann tragedy shows the best and worst of humanity By Gary Elbert Documentaries offer representations of reality but never can transmit the intrinsic complexity of reality. The Disappearance of Madeline McCann involved objective reality, the removal of a child, and subjective reality, the … [Read more...] about Review: Netflix’s The Disappearance of Madeline McCann
By Gary Elbert ‘Journalism is in crisis’ is a familiar refrain these days. The amount of full time paid journalists operating in Ireland is rapidly dwindling. Writers are exploited, and the information marketplace is infested with ‘citizen journalism’ and desperate freelancers struggling to make ends meet, as well as bloggers, influencers and digital marketers filling the … [Read more...] about Journalism in Ireland: cliquey, classist and exploitative?
By Gary Elbert In the Manila North cemetery in Pasay City, Philippines, families live in the tombs, where they construct haphazard dwellings above rotting corpses and marbled stone. The Philippines is a developing country, but as with most capitalist progression patterns, the development is uneven, and the country’s impoverished underclass have yet to experience a … [Read more...] about Opinion: Are millennials really the burnout generation?
By Gary Elbert “An end to free movement.” Those were the words of British Prime Minister Theresa May when her advisors were busily working on their Brexit draft deal, currently teetering on the brink of collapse in Westminster. A subsequent White Paper capping ‘low skilled immigrants’ from entering the United Kingdom is the Tory’s central hope in resisting … [Read more...] about Opinion: An end to free movement
By Gary Elbert The 2019 National Hurling League action kicked off this past weekend. Defending titlists Kilkenny threw down with Cork in an action-packed opening weekend that provided glimpses of how far down the road the big hurling teams are in terms of preparation. The tournament has traditionally been a real-world laboratory for managers, eager to experiment and measure … [Read more...] about 2019 National Hurling League promises to be a close affair