First and foremost, we need to condemn the barbaric attack that took place earlier on today in Woolwich and pay our respects to the victim (now confirmed as soldier Lee Rigby) and his family. Nobody, no matter who they are, whether they’re a soldier or not, and no matter what they’ve done, should have their life taken in this way. No exceptions.
And I can say that with all honesty because I fully and completely believe that a life is a life, and that EVERY single human life is worth exactly the same. The problem is that most people claim they agree with this too, but time and again, it is proved that they don’t. Well this is the case for the British media at least who make it clear that the value of a life is based on who does the killing and who gets killed. If that weren’t the case, wouldn’t we still be talking about yesterday’s news – the British man who slit the throats of his two young children? Even though that murder had TWO victims, both of whom were under 11, it more or less went unnoticed. Now compare that reporting to that of today’s murder of a British soldier, committed by what now seems to be two Muslim men, and how it consumed the entire news network and will definitely be on the agenda for many, many days to come. I understand that this brutal killing was committed in broad daylight right next door to a primary school and for that reason it may be, in a way, more horrific than the murder of the children by their father – but let’s not pretend that’s the reason why it’s newsworthy.
What comes to mind when you think of the concept of propaganda? Old wartime posters? And maybe more specifically, the very famous and eternally iconic “Your country needs you” poster? Yeah, me too. But with a little more thought about the true definition of the word, you begin to realise that propaganda is all around us, and in many ways more prominent now than ever before.
The British Library is currently hosting an exhibition of a journey through propaganda, from it’s origins around the 17th century to the present day, showing how governments have attempted to persuade people in many different ways to do, think or feel many different things.
Yesterday marked the birthday of one of the greatest leaders and activists of our time. May his legacy live on and his words continue to inspire. RIP El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz AKA Malcolm X (May 19, 1925 – February 21, 1965)
Strictly UK this week…
Royal T - I Know You Want Me
The kinda tune that if you were to hear it while away from home (that’s if you consider Britain home), it would make you feel homesick. Pure UK underground sound.
There’s nothing like a nice dose of The Big Questions to start off your Sunday. This week, one question: Are religions unfair to women? (My take on the topic after the jump)
I have been waiting for this announcement since I missed him at XOYO back in 2011 and I was starting to think that I’d just have to settle for catching him at Wireless this year, but Frank Ocean has finally announced a solo date in London. Tickets go on sale officially from Live Nation this Friday 5 April, but there’s presale on the 4th and O2 Priority on the 3rd. I have a feeling these are gonna be the kinda tickets that are gone in less than 3 minutes, Weeknd-stylee so don’t sleep!
Today marks 29 years since the passing of a legend.
RIP Marvin Gaye (April 2 1939 – April 1 1984)