News

Ireland’s Prison Service – Prisons Prioritise Punishment not Rehabilitation – Former Governor of Mountjoy

April 17, 2019

Are Irish prisons working? Is Ireland’s asylum system fit for purpose? Final-year DCU journalism students conducted in-depth investigations into these two major questions in Irish public life. Working with School of Communications Journalist-in-Residence, Ursula Halligan, and Chair of the BA in Journalism, Declan Fahy, students worked in teams to produce a set of original multi-media articles on these pressing, but under-reported, public affairs topics.

Irish Prison System

Ireland’s Prison Service – Life After Prison

April 17, 2019

Are Irish prisons working? Is Ireland’s asylum system fit for purpose? Final-year DCU journalism students conducted in-depth investigations into these two major questions in Irish public life. Working with School of Communications Journalist-in-Residence, Ursula Halligan, and Chair of the BA in Journalism, Declan Fahy, students worked in teams to produce a set of original multi-media articles on these pressing, but under-reported, public affairs topics.

The Hype

The merging of FOX and Disney allows for infinite possibilities

April 3, 2019

The MCU is now faced with the daunting task of following up its incredibly successful ‘Infinity Saga’ in the upcoming ‘Phase Four’. While they still have plenty of Spider-Man movies to play with, and the success of Black Panther bodes well for sequels, the roster of fan-favourites is diminishing.

Opinion

Do all trolls have sadistic tendencies?

April 3, 2019

Trolls and sadists derive pleasure from the pain of others. However, they engage in a psychological rationalisation process to justify this pleasure to themselves. When shown pictures of individuals in pain, trolls will downplay that pain to rationalise their sadistic tendencies.  

Lifestyle

Time to Ket rid of your depression

March 20, 2019

The club drug may be fastest-acting antidepressant ever. It can lift a severe depressive mood in hours. Traditional antidepressants, such as SSRI’s like Prozac and Zoloft, take weeks to treat symptoms.

Film

Captain Marvel isn’t exactly marvellous

March 20, 2019

She doesn’t really have much motivation throughout the film. Her role is somewhat passive, with her story often pushed forward by external forces. She has this strange arc that involves something like inverse growth.

Opinion

The psychoanalysis of porn culture and trends

March 20, 2019

Blindboy was asked by a crowd member: “how much masturbation is too much?” He replied that there is no definitive amount, rather, like anything that’s addictive, it depends on your relationship with the thing. How is it impacting your life?

The Hype

The hype around bizarre fan theories

March 6, 2019

It’s a shame that the media doesn’t devote more time to debunking such theories, rather than milking them for clickbait. It’s much more interesting to think these propositions through and look at their flaws, rather than pumping them out to the public.

Lifestyle

Are extroverts extra happy?

February 6, 2019

Extraverted people tend to report greater levels of happiness than introverts. They are better at mood regulation, as they savour positive moods.

Features

The forgotten Florence Nightingales of our generation

December 12, 2018

A profession that is composed of the brightest elements of humanity is subjected to the toughest challenges. Student nurses enter a system that is not only incredibly challenging, but employment after graduation is left to mere chance.

Opinion

Gender quotas are not the answer to any problem

December 12, 2018

Gender quotas are sexist and cynical. They are predicated on the idea that the only reason women are underrepresented in a certain field is because of gender. Not only that, they assume that women need

Film

Creating a good villain is no joking matter

December 12, 2018

“A protagonist and his story can only be as intellectually fascinating and emotionally compelling as the forces of antagonism make them” said Robert McKee, author and story-consultant.

Lifestyle

MDMA to meaning

November 14, 2018

The problem with drug use in general, but particularly with MDMA, is that it’s the easy way out. It’s selfish. It involves no personal responsibility. It’s cheating your future self out of happiness. It’s denying yourself something profoundly beautiful.

Television

The rise and fall of the Netflix MCU

November 14, 2018

This was the first chink in the armour of the Netflix MCU. The crossover show, The Defenders, was next on the production line, and the failure of its final hero did not inspire hope among the fanbase.

Opinion

Picking the right side in identity politics

November 14, 2018

Don Lemon, a celebrated news anchor from CNN, has called for a halt of the demonization of people while simultaneously vilifying white men. The logical inconsistency here could not be more obvious, yet Lemon has