Is There an Apathy of Care Towards Politics in our Generation?

Are we seeing a rise in teenagers being disconnected from the world? Is it more of a case we as young people feel that we aren’t spoken for when it comes to politics? Whichever is the case we have seen in recent years that the majority of young people aren’t voting, why is this? 

Looking at the results of how young people voted in the 2015 General Election we may be able to see the turnout and the way in which young people may be swayed to vote or not vote in
 some cases.

The first eye catching statistic we learn from the infographic is that 43% of young people didn’t vote in the last general election, this is the difference between two parties, this is an audience which, if you suited their needs and gave them a reason to vote may land a party the victory. However there may be a reason for this, whether its that the parties aren’t looking at this crowd or if this percentage is people who are disconnected from politics is unknown. In the upcoming election the tories have said that they will be working on childhood obesity working with schools and the NHS, meanwhile Labour are focusing on removing tuition fees for university students, maybe with these incentives younger audiences may be drawn to polling stations, however maybe its time to put politics into the classroom to allow young people to have an understanding before 
they leave high school rather than the apathy of care some young people have towards politics.

It is obvious that the younger voters were significantly more lenient towards Labour than the Tories, this continues with the trend that a high percentage of young people are more left wing than right. Another surprising fact that we can learn from the infographic is that 18-24 year olds were less lenient towards the Lib Dems with only 5%, and equivalently more likely to vote for the Green Party or UKIP, both with 8% of votes. This of course must be a massive hit to the Lib Dems due to their success in the 2010 General Election gaining a coalition with The Conservative Party, maybe a change to Tim Farron and the Coalition both caused the Lib Dems to lose support.

In conclusion it’s obvious to see from the pie chart that the overall majority of younger voters sway towards labour or the tories, however theres still a large percentage who do not vote at all, this is a very concerning fact, this is a group of which could completely change the results of the next election, to be able to send a message from our generation to our peers saying “I do care about how politics effect my life” or maybe its sheer laziness and an apathy of care towards the system, we live in a world where it is deemed a good thing to have a lack of care towards politics. So which is it? an apathy of care or a group of people feeling unspoken for?

 

PM Pays Visit to Camberwell to Speak on Homelessness

The Prime Minister took a journey Thames Reach employment academy in Peckham Road.

After troubles concerning Human Rights and a worry of how good an unelected official would be maybe there is some hope? On the 22nd of December our new Prime Minister, Theresa May, paid a visited to Camberwell’s Thames Reach Employment Academy along Peckham Road to inform of a new £20m package which will be used to improve services for the homeless in London, including the large sum of £393,000 going to Southwark Council.

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“I think this is important, we want to make sure that people don’t become homeless in the first place.” she continued. Her statement being about where the funding will go to, with a part of the money going to the Academy itself, another to a local charity, and the rest will be spent in ways of which prevent people from becoming homeless.

While visiting, our PM met with the people Thames reach are helping to be trained with new skills to help turn their lives around. She observed as trainees painted a nursery as part of a six week course which enables for them to become full-time decorators with qualifications and references.

Jam Baxter is Back & He is Leaving His “Teeth Marks” in the UK Hip Hop Scene

High Focus artist Jam Baxter Returns to show us what we have missed.

After a quite year from Baxter with no presence seen online through new music its a pleasant surprise to see a new track on my twitter feed. Upon following the link we learn that he has collaborated with none other than “…So We Ate Them All” producer Chemo.

The track explores a more psychedelic, relaxed beat which works perfectly with Baxter’s vague yet beautiful bars. The flow is very relaxed and detailed of which we haven’t seen so much from Baxter this almost makes you forget about tracks such as”Menu” and “Leach”.

The video for this track is quite special to the viewer itself, using a karaoke style layout to allow the viewer to have more of an insight into the writing and rhyming style of Baxter which in this case is so detailed.This can be seen straight from the get go, opening the song with “To a soundtrack of insects screaming and every skin cell wheezing
I picked out the liquor soaked suit for the evening.” allowing us to truly understand everything.

The track is taken from his forthcoming new album Mansion 38 available for pre-order now via High Focus. For now you can grab a 7″ vinyl of Teeth Marks b/w Soi 36 right here.

From College to Cotch.

An exploration of how Barker turned from a free spirited teenager to business man.

It’s Saturday Night, 11:20pm. As I walk through the door, sounds of heavy bass and vocals fill my ears as a large crowd chant along to the duo performing on stage, Harry Barker (Barker) and another artist can be seen gathered on the stage together. Barker, who works as a carer for those who are mentally challenged is pushing to jump start a career in both Music and Fashion, Elbow Grease (An Open Mic Night at The Owl Sanctuary in Norwich) offers artists the chance to jump on stage, the opportunity to perform before an audience of fellow artists and learn from one another’s successes (and mistakes). 

After minimal sleep next to Barker (who is as active in his sleep as he is when awake), we decided to drown ourselves in Tea, go through most of a 50g Tobacco pouch and have a chat about music and fashion, where he started, where he wants to go, influences and more.

I started off by asking him about the night we just had, “It was wonderful,” said Barker, who at 18 has already racked up an impressive discography that includes his Written Wednesdays, samples and even an album. 

“Since I was little I’ve always loved music, my dad always played his music around me as he was the parent that stayed home for a while when mum went back to work.”

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Barker waits for the beat to start while working out his words

 

His Father would play heavy music such as Motörhead, ACDC, Deep Purple, and Genesis. From a young age he started to play the guitar, his father than started to show him more blues artists like the greats that are BB King, Robert Johnson, Blind Willie Johnson, Joe Bonamassa’s and Jimi Hendrix.

“Papa Roach are still my favourite band and have been since I was 9  and when I was in my early teens I was really into that scene of heavy music”

In his early teens Barker was more a fan of heavy metal and into the scene that comes with it, “You could tell my music taste based on my appearance, the different hair styles, the baggy jumpers”. The years of heavy music are clearly shown on Barker.

“Rage Against The Machine, Stig Of The Dump and Jam Baxter are my main influences in my sound I’d say”, he explained. From this point I could tell that a lot of his writing and flow developed from listening to artists such as Stig of the Dump, Chester P, and Dirty Dike. “When I first found the scene my lyrical content was formed from people like Jam Baxter and Dabbla using surrealism and strange comparisons in their bars set me off wanting to use different words and phrases not commonly used in hip hop.”  

For now, Barker is focusing on his job as a care worker, creating more songs for a hinted album and pushing his clothing line known as “Brainbucket”. 

You can find barker on;

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Harrybarkerofficial

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwrfhqmSrc1G4WNK8l3OWsA

 

The Pigeon Hole | Camberwell’s Independent Café

Take yourself away from the busy streets of London and troubles of life in this cosy coffee shop.

Located on Datchelor Place just off Peckham Road, you can find The Pigeon Hole tucked away in the corner of Camberwell, an area with many Kebab Shops, Takeaways and Pubs. This Café serves as a nice get away from everyday life and almost feels as if you’re in a small town/village rather than central London. 

Views From Inside The Pigeon Hole
Views From Inside The Pigeon Hole

Upon arrival I was greeted by a lovely young lady who welcomed me with “Welcome to The Pigeon Hole, what can I get you” this was definitely a lot better than the service received at chain coffee shops. I decided to order a cappuccino  and the kale and eggs they had on the Brunch menu board. The cappuccino was a touch too smooth but otherwise wasn’t too bad. The kale and eggs I ordered were accompanied with two slices of garlic-buttered bread which went very well with the rest of the dish, however I was disappointed in the lack of a runny yolk to dip my bread into, although the crisped kale was a very well suited partner with the eggs. I thought the price was very good for what you received, priced at £6.50 I received a lovely freshly prepared brunch. 

To learn more about The Pigeon Hole, why not watch this video they have produced on their YouTube channel.

I believe this Café is well worth a journey and worth the small amount of money you pay for such beautiful products, for this reason I give The Pigeon Hole 4/5 stars.

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Matisse Cuts Shapes at Tate Modern | Matisse “The Snail”

Landmark show explores the final chapter in his career in which he began ‘carving into colour’.

In his late sixties, Matisse’s health took a turn for the worst. In his ill health Matisse was prevented from painting, this began a series of art he created by cutting up painted paper, this became his new medium. One of his most famous paintings is The Snail, created in 1953. The Snail appears as an abstract piece but like most of Matisse’s previous work it is embedded on the world about him. The name may be linked to how his mental health was, choosing a creature that is associated with being relaxed or calm when inside Matisse’ is unable to feel neither. 

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Matisse, The Snail © Succession H Matisse/DACS 2010

As a piece of art I wouldn’t say I’m a huge fan of this piece. I find that the art is almost to abstract to put across what Matisse wanted to and instead of being left for interpretation like most art, theres no visible representation of any object or even the snail that Matisse named the piece. I believe the piece is more a statement and an incite to Matisse’s mind state and mental health rather than being a piece you can observe, it tells his story in a way he sees fitting while being overly complex and obscure.

That being said, the piece still looks as if it could be made by a child and in my opinion doesn’t show much creativity nor artistic skill therefor only receiving a 2/5 stars.

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Balls ‘Psy’ of Relief After Week 8

The week just passed has been one of two historic events, first we saw Donald Trump win the election leaving many upset, the second of which was on Saturday 12th as we witnessed a performance that has been described as “the dance we can’t unsee” while some are saying “it’s better than his entire political career“.  This of course being Ed Balls & Katya Jones performing a Salsa to the 2012 hit ‘Gangnam Style’ by South Korean artist Psy. 

screen-shot-2016-11-16-at-11-32-35-amAfter spending two minutes watching Balls stomp around the floor, I was surprised to see he received a standing ovation from the audience. The judges scores were fair for how badly executed the dance routine was scoring him a low 25 putting him at the bottom of the board. However, the public saved Balls from going home on the 8th week of the competition with a large amount of votes for the ‘comedic’ routine that he perfomed.

 

This didn’t go down well with viewers as Balls slipping away from the bottom caused Daisy Lowe to be sent home. The results kicked up a stir on social media platforms after the show as fans expressed how they felt;

 

In my opinion the choice in music was rather outdated, with Balls showing minimal skill or technical moves, however you can see his improvement since week one, for this reason the performance scores a /5 stars.

You Can watch this performance along with the rest of week 8’s performances on BBC iPlayer.

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Let’s talk about WordPress.

WordPress is a site in which you are able to create a free blog or website to post content. WordPress frequently updates the site to add new themes to your site, allowing for you to have a custom design to your website, they also add new plugins and content for you to use. The appearance and plugins allow for you to add items such as calendars, contact forms, new fonts, colours, etc along with changing the layout and look of your site.

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WordPress benefits those with little knowledge on how to create and build a structured website along with no having to pay the fee for the URL or to host the website, there are also numerous tutorials and step by step guides both on the website and throughout the internet to allow users to learn new skills and to add to the webpage. The harder parts of creating a website such as coding are already done for you so it is just a case of writing or adding the media to your webpage. 

Once you have created your account and have your website/blog you are then able to add both pages and posts. A page is somewhere in which content can be viewed, as you can see in the image below if I click on the “University” tab on my menu I can view all my articles for university.

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A Post however, is the actual content that you release onto your site, this could be any form of text or images that you wish to publish depending on what you’re using your site for. As shown in the below image I have written a review and published the text. When creating a post you are able to add tags relating to your post, these allow for consumers to find your article based on key words. screen-shot-2016-11-14-at-15-13-06

Out of Print // George Brook

Out of Print, published by Professor George Brock focuses on  newspapers, Journalism and the Business of News in the Digital Age. Brock talks mainly about how technology in the modern age has become a main platform for news and talks about the change from journalism being “transmitted in print or terrestrial broadcast platforms” to how social media platforms such as that of Twitter have changed how we consume information over the years.screen-shot-2016-11-14-at-14-16-48-1

Brock comments in the introduction for chapter 9 about the value of being a journalist and even asks the question ” what defines a journalist?” I believe that in saying this he is being slightly ignorant and making it sound as if this is a terrible thing to happen as it takes away the professional aspect of being a journalist, where I believe he could see the good side to this new approach in which it means that news or even live events would be accessible to the public from people live streaming things happening, etc. I also feel this benefits ‘professional journalists’ as they are able to get the story as it happens through someone else using the contents as secondary research.

Brock starts to look more in depth into the four main points as to what makes a story good rather than bad.

Verification – Checking that you know the truth of a situation so what you    are writing is factual and not false, especially when writing about issues that may cause disputes.

Sense Making – Looking at all evidence and the facts you have and making sense of what you have to write a story that is as factual as possible.

Witness –  Finding pieces of media in which support the facts to back up your story. For Example, finding a video on twitter of an event and using print screens within an article.

Investigation – Taking time to find sources to gather more evidence to help write a factual piece, this may be people, content online or even CCTV footage. For example you may have a video from social media of a crime being committed but then from looking at the CCTV you see that there is more to it then what the video from the member of the public shows, this may be down to timing, the angle, the focus or even the sound quality.

George then continues to speak on technology, how it is ever changing and the way in which it benefits people to see whats going on in the world quickly and efficiently. Brock then goes on to make the comparison once again of twitter users and journalists. This time Brock says that he believes this is the way in which journalism will go, along with stating that the younger generation will focus more so on online journalism than screen or print. This statement, I believe, is true based on how screen journalism isn’t a big thing like it was throughout 20th century, print journalism still seems to hold a big place in the way in which we consume but I believe Brock is right in what he says in “Out of Print” as sales in newspapers seem to be dropping and the number of people visiting websites that share news is increasing.

i-D // Target Audience

i-D magazine’s target audience is readers from the age of 16 to the age of 26, the readers are a mix of both male and female consumers, and a high percentage of readers live in cities such as London, New York & Paris.

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Looking at the advertising of this magazine it is quite noticeable that a lot of the products shown our relatively high end. This indicates that the readers are likely to have a reasonably high salary.

i-D itself is maid up of multiple articles based around music, arts, film, fashion, and industry features. The features within the magazine are reflective of their audience who are most likely students, graduates and professionals of an industry who are young. This can also be seen in the amount of text being minimal with no large articles.

Being a British Magazine, the language used within i-D is english, meaning most consumers are based in the UK or the US, however through further research it can be seen that they’ve attracted an international audience.

The average reader is most probably subversive, young, fun and arty who has high aspirations for the future. They are most likely seen at gigs, clubs, fashion shows, art museums, shopping in luxury shops etc. and would have a variety of interests.