BBC should apologise to India – Rahul Easwar, Timesnow

BBC should apologise to India – Rahul Easwar, Timesnow

Keith Vaaz, chairman of the house affairs committee of the house of commons, the British member of parliament from the labour party, thank you for joining us at our London studio. Rahul easwar, Sabarimala spokesperson live from Thiruvananthapuram. Lord Meghnad Desai, you know.. I think the British are willing to take humour about everybody except […]

Read More

What would Foucault say about fake news? | BBC Ideas

What would Foucault say about fake news? | BBC Ideas

French philosopher Michel Foucault is one of the most cited thinkers of the 20th Century. He died in 1984, but his work feels particularly timely right now, as it’s largely about knowledge, truth and power. “Everything I do, I do in order that it may be of use,” he once said. So what might Foucault […]

Read More

Edward Said – Framed: The Politics of Stereotypes in News

Edward Said – Framed: The Politics of Stereotypes in News

“From the beginning of Western speculation about the Orient, the one thing the Orient could not do was represent itself. Evidence of the Orient was credible only after it had passed through the refining fire of the Orientalist’s work.” Edward Said. Palestinian intellectual. Literary theorist. Historian of the colonial narrative. Said explained how colonialism works. […]

Read More

How to enjoy life like a true hedonist | BBC Ideas

How to enjoy life like a true hedonist | BBC Ideas

The A to Z of -isms. Hedonism. Hedonism is the philosophy of living your life to experience pleasure and avoid pain, so if you’re watching this while lying on a chaise longue and eating sweets you’re probably a hedonist. Oh, unless you hate sugar in which case you’re probably a masochist, and that is another […]

Read More

Why Socrates Hated Democracy

Why Socrates Hated Democracy

We are used to thinking very highly of democracy – and by extension, of Ancient Athens, the civilisation that gave rise to it. The Parthenon has become almost a byword for democratic values, which is why so many leaders of democracies like to be photographed there. It’s therefore very striking to discover that one of […]

Read More

Why We Should Not Watch Quite so Much News

Why We  Should Not Watch Quite so Much News

We know that we must, to lay claim to any respectability or competence, keep up with the news. That’s why we’ve ringed the earth with satellites, crisscrossed it with fiber optic cables, and created networks of bureaus that inform us with maniacal urgency of pretty much any event to have unfolded anywhere on the planet […]

Read More