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The age of anxiety?

Posted by Philip on 29 February 2016, 11:40 am in , , , , , , , , , , ,

I'm working with some folk on a project around anxiety and depression, sharing the story of the two years I spent living with hostile neighbours. It's made me wonder if we are living in an age of anxiety, because I meet a lot of people who struggle with it, as well as depression, to varying degrees.

Anxious nerdy guy

Since doing this work, I've come to realise I've actually struggled with both for most of my life. Anxiety as a kid about being different, or Mum being late to pick up me up, thinking she'd died in a car crash (no "Running late" texts in those days). Depression as a teenager about, well, everything. Anxiety in my early 20s about living independently and getting my support needs met. More depression in my mid to late 20s about feeling isolated and not fitting in.

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The media: should it reflect or create?

Posted by Philip on 19 September 2012, 7:01 am in , , , ,

It seems to me that the place of traditional media, especially the news, has changed in the last few decades. It used to provide impartial information about what we may have not known. Now it prefers to reflect corporate agendas by providing skewed analysis through dumbed-down entertainment.

To boot, the current roles of broadcast and social media seem confused.

Broadcast media enjoys creating a polarised reality, favouring particularly the dark side (violence etc). It could be much more accurately reflecting the range of negative and positive forces in society.

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