Shattering the Illusion

Chloe Harte discusses the less glamorous side of an Erasmus. As members of the ‘Instagram generation’ we have been subconsciously imbued with a romanticised perception of living abroad; in other words, we’ve given ourselves ‘notions’. Social media led me to expect that Erasmus would find me an instant circle of multicultural friends, a pint of Orchard Thieves in every city in Europe, and the sudden … Continue reading Shattering the Illusion

Escaping the Echo Chamber

Social media allows us to tailor the truth, writes Cormac Dineen. What can be done about it? If you are a university student in 2017, the smart money says that you spend at least an hour using social media every day. Be it Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, social media has undeniably morphed into a crutch, a crutch without which our generation would find it impossible … Continue reading Escaping the Echo Chamber

Should We Know It’s Christmas Time?

Should We Know It’s Christmas Time? Éamonn Grennan and Gemma Kent debate on whether Christmas countdowns are starting too early. Yes Éamonn Grennan A mood killer, a commercial ploy, an premature heralding of what should be a time of family, friends, reunions, goodwill and relaxation – these are all things I’d associate with Christmas starting as soon as November 1st comes around, and all we … Continue reading Should We Know It’s Christmas Time?

Motley Tries to Write a Novel

Look, we’ve all thought about it, and it can’t be that difficult, surely – there are only 26 letters in the English alphabet, so unless you want to get fancy with your punctuation, that’s very manageable. Surely. In my lifetime, I’ve made a start on over twenty novels. The only one I ever finished is better described as a novella, and it was about the … Continue reading Motley Tries to Write a Novel

SuperGraduates

Éamonn Grennan talks with psychology lecturer Dr. Conor Linehan about gearing up UCC’s new students for evolving working environments Like so many banking branches or donut shop outlets tussling for your attention on these city streets, third-level institutes show their courses in a way that makes them seem more competitive, useful, better. Whether you’re an undergrad, postgrad or non-student, you’ll likely be able to recall … Continue reading SuperGraduates

Is Facebook Dying?

YES  Éamonn Grennan When I get a notification from Facebook informing me that a distant acquaintance has uploaded a new photo, the smack of desperation mixes with the dry asides I shared with my friends – that the once-pioneer of social media has started truly throwing virtual brown matter at a wall, and hoping some sticks to keep it as relevant as it was as recently … Continue reading Is Facebook Dying?