6 October 2020,
As the classic TV puppet satire show returns, Jon Bailes thinks satire needs to get much more serious
21 July 2020,
Jon Bailes considers how free we really are under the free market system and whether the Coronavirus crisis will have revealed this to the public with far-reaching consequences
4 June 2020,
Jon Bailes looks at the social stratification in the TV remake of Snowpiercer and the new Final Fantasy video game and sees an instruction manual for the Uber-rich.
The Coronavirus Crisis: Boris Johnson’s COVID-19 Message Exploits a Long-Established Culture of Individualism
19 May 2020,
Jon Bailes explores why the Government may have changed its Coronavirus messaging to 'Stay Alert' and how this represents the tenets of a culture in which social problems are blamed on perceived individual failings.
24 March 2020,
Jon Bailes looks at why even video games – as fantasies – can’t seem to consciously address the antagonisms of our political, economic and social lives.
27 January 2020,
Jon Bailes considers whether big screen hits such as The Big Short and The Laundromat actually leave viewers inspired to act for political change or informed but pessimistic.