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Loraine James

The year is 2018 and it is being claimed that like it or not, we are all accelerationists. For those unfamiliar with the term, consider it “the idea that the prevailing system of capitalism, or certain technosocial processes that have historically characterised it, should be expanded, repurposed, or accelerated in order to generate radical social change.” This, sadly, is the plainest way to put it, yet in the context of Futureshock, an experimental club experience developed by young collective EditedArts and designed to explore this idea, accelerationism’s applications become not just apparent, but exciting.

Not immediately, though. The first live set is running 30 minutes behind, and attendees resort to entertaining themselves with New River Studios’ pizza menu, a renegade VR headset being passed around the bar area, and a DJ set in the same room courtesy of Giedre Juzenaite. Her selections shrug off genre with a roll of the eyes as she chooses instead to limit herself only to music from Japan. Working within this confine makes for a fascinating blend, unsettling in its eclecticism. My turn with the VR headset arrives at the same time as the news that the performances are about to begin.

Enter Joel McMordie.

Submitted by Clara Hill on Wed, 11/16/2016 - 22:55

 

Article 50 hasn’t even been triggered, but the aftermath of the Brexit referendum has been everywhere in politics. From a shift in Prime Minister to reports of increased racist abuse, its all kicking off. The latest Brexit related stress has the headlines. Turns out, Theresa May’s map to leaving the EU is a bit totalitarian, according to The High Court. They ruled a case presented by Gina Miller, a business woman and philanthropist, who argued that there needed a parliamentary vote on the plan. 

It makes sense to me, a lowly third year Politics student, to present it to Parliament to be debated and voted on. My limited knowledge about our tangled constitution tells me The Houses of Parliament are sovereign, not referendums. This seemed to be news to a lot of people. However, due to anecdotal evidence of mine, this is not surprising. Political education is an abysmal, in this country. 

Don't get me wrong, I understand completely why that would be confusing. I only know that all sovereignty in this country stems from Parliament because of my A-Level and degree studies of Politics. This isn’t a rant about the stupidity of the people. but those who really