A Brief History of American Whistleblowing

On 17th January, shortly before leaving office, President Barack Obama commuted the majority of the 35 year prison sentence that Chelsea Manning was given in 2010 after being convicted of leaking classified documents regarding American military activity around the world, many pertaining to action taken in the war in Afghanistan, to Wikileaks. As a result, Manning is set to be released in four months’ time. The leaking of the Afghan war logs was perhaps the most significant act of political whistleblowing in American history, and launched Wikileaks into the public sphere. However, it is not a new phenomenon and so we must look back almost 250 years at some of the landmark cases of political whistleblowing.

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Exploring the Dark Side of Experimental Films

Going to the cinema is and has been a joy for millions of people for about a century now. Even if the film you end up seeing turns out to be putrid, there’s something special about sitting down in your seat, whether you’re by yourself, with friends, on a date etc., watching the lights dim down and waiting for the film to start. But every so often, when you skip the current blockbuster and chose to see that indie film that you’ve been hearing whispers about, you find yourself unsure of what to think afterwards and pondering what the film meant.

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[qmunicuts] – The Column That Would’ve Won That Penguin Fight

  • A lucky rooster has hit the headlines in China after escaping death in his zoo home 3 times, and has become a bit of a viral celebrity. He has even served as an honorary chief of the local traffic police, resolving the age old question – why did the chicken cross the road?  

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Pac Man Fever: The Franchise That Spawned an Industry

Masaya Nakamura, the founder of the Japanese video game company Namco, has died age 91. He was widely known as the “Father of Pac-Man”, and his role in bringing the iconic arcade posterboy – created by designer Toru Iwatani in 1980 – to Japan and to the US. The videogame industry has since skyrocketed and grown in every direction, From Role Playing games, First Person Shooters, to Narrative-Focussed storytelling games and indie roguelikes.

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The Science of Superheroes

So, the world is presently a bin fire and if there was ever a time for the Avengers to come blasting into Washington DC and raise hell outside the White House, it would be now. Steven Grant Rogers, also known as Captain America, has been pasted across all sorts of social media timelines in all his Hitler-punching glory. There couldn’t be a better time for superheroes to finally show up. But we all know that superheroes are just a manifestation of our own hopes and ideals. There’s never going to be a time when somebody becomes faster than a bullet or is able to lift a tank over their head, in real life. But in fact, the superheroes we know and love from comics and movies may not be as wildly unrealistic as you might imagine. So, what is the true potential of superhero science?

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