OXFORD MEDIA SOCIETY
As Trinity Term 2022 reaches its dazzling post-exam zenith, some of us might have more time to dibble and dabble in some opportunities for educational leisure. For those of you still ploughing away in the library, take a moment to cast aside those mind-numbing problem sheets and gruelling essays, as we invite you to relish the final committee recommendations of this term!
‘Londongrad: How the Lebvedevs partied their way to power’ (available on Tortoise Media): Paul Caruana Galizia continues his investigation into Russian money in London, telling the story of Alexander and Evgeny Lebedev, and what Britain did to itself.
‘Philosophy Bites’: Sure, your Platos and your Nietzsches are still famous long after their deaths, but most philosophies remain pretty obscure. Had any chats about the importance of metaphysics to our understanding of the world? Know what verificationism is? If you listened to this lovable UK podcast, you absolutely would.
‘Our Father’ (Netflix): If you haven’t already seen this harrowing real-life documentary about a perverse fertility doctor in Indianapolis who swaps out the sperm samples of designated donors with his own stuff, you won’t be disappointed. You will however be drawn in and repelled in equal measure, feeling guilty about your delight in such a shocking tale.
‘Holly Gabrielle’ (Youtube): not quite as thrilling as the above, but nonetheless an incredibly useful productivity channel by an MA student who topped her year at Cambridge. Holly gives wholesome advice on time management, uni life, and coping with exam season. May help those in need of a final push through these exams, or those looking to consolidate their studies over the summer.
‘Chums’ (by Simon Kuper): a rich and fascinating exposé of the extensive cronyism of the Tory MPs who orchestrated Brexit. What’s more, Kuper argues, the movement originated at Oxford, in that generation without tragedy when Gove and Johnson once rocked the Union with ad hominem rhetorical jibes that they still employ today- the Oxford Union so easily becomes the House of Commons.