Category: Digital Culture

Clamping Down on Misquotation

Literature is all too often a victim of misquotation and misattribution. These mistakes, once made, proliferate at an alarming rate, entrenching what John Green never said and what Virginia Woolf said in slightly different words in the public memory. Or should I say public imagination?

Drag Race UK: What is Wong with ‘Regional’ Drag?

RuPaul’s Drag Race UK Season 2 resumed recently after a hiatus from filming during the pandemic and the vibes were immaculately tumultuous. This week, the Queens competed in girl groups to win the Ru-RuVision song contest. The results were an LGBTQ+ anthem that both offended the ‘cis-tem’ and stormed the UK music charts. Iconic.

How Instafeminism is Damaging the Feminism 101 Genre

If there’s one thing the Florence Given v Slumflower scandal has highlighted, it’s the snobbery surrounding ‘feminist 101’ books. Searching Twitter for both influencers’ names returns Tweets like: ‘loooool not Florence Given and The Slumflower fighting over who monetised the Pinterest quotes they shared on Instagram and put in a book’.

The Author and the Ghost

Have you ever considered hiring a professional ghost?

No, not the supernatural kind – the literary kind. Splicing the word “ghostwriter” into two, this professional ghost entices prospective clients with the promise of its own invisibility. It increases its allure by marketing itself as a formless entity detached from its own literary labour.

An Unpromising Act of Inclusion- The Problem with Award Shows.

Time and again award shows have faced an onslaught of backlash about the lack of diversity amongst their nominees and winners. However, the 2021 Golden Globes decided they wanted to tick gender off their list of diversity boxes in terms of nominations. Their list contained, most excitingly, three female nominations for best director. Unfortunately it wasn’t until I saw who the nominations were for, that I began to once again question the validity of their choices.

TikTok: A Vine/Fanfiction Crossover

I don’t know about you, but I used to be one of those people who said, “Nope. No. I’m not getting TikTok, it’s rubbish- bring back Vine!) Then the lockdown of March 2020 happened, I suddenly had a lot of time on my hands, and next thing I knew, I found myself enthralled. No, it’s not Vine, but TikTok is full of hilarious, creative human beings who made my lockdown that much brighter.