Here are some interesting things we’ve come across in the last couple of weeks, for your end of week enjoyment:
- Climate change legislation: China has politics too. Great blogpost from Nottingham’s China Policy Institute.
- Security research and the dispositif: if everything matters, nothing does from Critical Security presents some interesting thoughts on why and how we choose our research topics and the implications of these choices.
- Eric Talmadge is the Pyongyang Bureau Chief for the Associated Press, and runs this fascinating instagram account with photos from North Korea.
- A study has found empirical support for the idea that the Harry Potter stories have shaped the political culture of a generation. The articles raises some interesting points about the impact and role of popular culture in politics. In the Harry Potter study, he found that ‘reading the books correlated with greater levels of acceptance for out-groups, higher political tolerance, less predisposition to authoritarianism, greater support for equality, and greater opposition to the use of violence and torture’.
- 10 ways you can write everyday – some great advice.
- Seven strategies to improve academic writing by Patrick Dunleavy.
- Earlier this week I discovered this (and this) comparison website: really useful if you’re working on an article and have a feeling you might have written something similar elsewhere. Word can do compare documents using the compare feature, but it focuses on differences rather than similarities – which pretty useless if you have two documents which are (hopefully) completely different and want to look for overlap or similarities. These websites allow you to copy two different texts into boxes and then compares them for you.