OXFORD MEDIA SOCIETY
We present to you the second of this term’s Committee Recommends! This week, we hear from celebrities such as Billie Eilish and Toby Jones, learn about mourning and mindsets, and even touch upon some rocket science. We hope you’ll find something which will stop you feeling like the photo above…Enjoy!
“It’s All About What Makes You Feel Good”: Billie Eilish On New Music, Power Dynamics, And Her Internet-Breaking Transformation
It would have been hard to miss Billie Eilish’s cover shoot for British Vogue this week. Here she discusses the motives behind her new look.
This article by Byline Times editor Hardeep Matharu locates the causes of the ongoing Indian coronavirus tragedy in the populism of Narendra Modi, offering an excoriating take on his government’s warped priorities.
In combining a history of literary and real life grief, with a focus on the 20th century author and writer Elizabeth Bishop, Diana Fuss’s long read on unresolved mourning is as moving as it is thought-provoking.
IN THE NEWS
Lizzie, our Sponsorship Lead, found this article which examines the Chinese rocket which is soon to fall back to Earth. She notes how it “discusses practices in the rapidly expanding field of space exploration and questions of responsible conduct and duties of individual countries”.
Eva Wiseman interviews the beloved Toby Jones about his past and future projects for The Observer.
This short-read summary centres around how having a dynamic mindset which accepts and embraces growth leads to greater success. Our President-Elect Lottie says “I chose it because I feel like it’s incredibly important to take control of your own mindset, particularly in such difficult times”.
THE WATCH LIST
Membership Secretary Katie recommends this Netflix series about the cut-throat world of acting agents. She says that “It follows the highs and lows of a firm’s business, featuring well-known French actors (playing themselves) and their fictional agents”.
In this short video, the BBC speaks to Masomah Ali Zada, an Afghan cyclist who plans to be part of the Olympic Refugee Team.
FEAST YOUR EYES
Photographer and co-founder of the Fat Zine, Chloe Sheppard, has created a Substack newsletter in which she curates a beautiful selection of visual sources.