Issue No. 9: 3 April 2021 | New articles added frequently

Being black and British: the identity crisis I did not ask for

by Paige Furlonge-Walker, 26 March 2021

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We are proud to announce the launch of Our Future, Our Voices, a platform for young people, where where they can speak of their own experiences first-hand and a space where they can explore their creativity – their skills in photography, art, podcasts and articles that look at life through their unique and special lens. Throughout this week we are publishing articles by young writers. Subjects range from life at university during lockdown to the Swiss vote to ban the burqa, from the impact of social media on mental health to the environmental impact of incinerating our rubbish.

Social media: a nettle, thorn and rose

Social media has great power. In a world increasingly dependent on technology and digital appliances, our lives are well connected and shared with ease. The miles between us are no longer obstructions, just mere inconveniences undermined by online messages and the occasional video call. But, as we all know, with such great power, comes even greater responsibility to understand social media’s impact on everyday life.

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Lockdown in Manchester: how not to run a university

Finn Joughin

A young man leaves home for the first time to begin his adult life adventure. Excited to be off to his first choice university where surely learning opportunities are guaranteed and his physical and mental welfare safeguarded. But Covid19 and the subsequent lockdown put Manchester University to the test and it didn’t score well.

CALLING ALL YOUNG PHOTOGRAPHERS! In May we are running a special feature of young people’s work. If you’d like to share your images in our ‘Photo of the Month’ section, see Sussex Bylenses for submission guidelines.