Alice O’Brien Why do we want company? Why is it, that when we are distressed, excited or concerned, sometimes the only thing we crave is a friendly face, a caring hand, a lover’s touch? This occurred to me as I sat at 5:47PM in a basement room in my college library. How wild, I know. It actually felt about 12pm, and the lack of natural … Continue reading Have I Got a Friend in Me?
How do we distinguish between speech that harms and speech that sparks debate? Alice O’Brien examines the divide The motivational speaker Tony Gaskins once said, “arguing isn’t communication, it’s noise.” No debate has been louder than the 21st century favourite: hate speech vs free speech. It is a bone of contention that pokes its head into every news story, amplifies every political move and sparks … Continue reading The Noisy 21st Century