Mary Francis

Can a hashtag change the world?

When hashtags first emerged, I remember questioning what the point of them was – to be honest, what is there really to get about #like4like? At twelve years old, it just seemed like a way to seek attention for pouting selfies. However, I’ve since discovered their intended purpose. Hashtagging essentially...
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Posted Nov. 12, 2017

Ode to a fresher – Mary Francis

Coming to the end of two years at Warwick, looking back there are definitely mistakes I wish I hadn’t made – for example, having to pull all nighters because I left essays to the last minute, ‘getting with’ the wrong people on nights out, getting a little too drunk, or...
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Posted Aug. 17, 2017

Can literature culturally appropriate?

After Anthony Horowitz was criticised for his decision to narrate the experience of a black character, Beth Longman and Mary Francis discuss whether authors can ever really write events from a perspective that they themselves have no experience of.  In defence of… Faced with accusations of cultural appropriation, Horowitz was adamantly...
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Posted Jun. 30, 2017

A throwback to younger years

Putting heavier workloads to one side, Warwick students look back to lighter reads from years gone by. ~~~~ The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot Mia Thermopolis is the heroine that every teenager needs. She not only provides laughs and all too relatable dramas, but she most importantly shows a change in the way we...
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Posted May. 16, 2017

What’s the right way for TV to portray rape?

Rape and sexual violence are currently covered by a huge amount of representation on television, and surely the awareness that is being raised can only be a good thing: rape happens every day to many different people, and its portrayal in shows such as 13 Reasons Why, Broadchurch and soap...
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Posted Apr. 15, 2017