The effects of the advent of social media on our social relations has already been documented, and all signs point to the fact that social media has been slowly and surely disconnecting us from the world around us. But virtual reality promises an immersive experience whose potential for disconnect is far greater.
If the words “period” and “vagina” make you uncomfortable, or if you have ever hidden your tampons in a cute little pocket, in your bra or up your sleeve, you most likely grew up in a society where menstruation is a taboo. While this taboo is well-documented, you may not know that periods have a …
In May 2015, news broke that ISIS had gained control of Tadmor, a small desert town perhaps better known as Palmyra, the home of the Middle East’s most beautiful historical sites. While the unsurprising fate of Tadmor’s inhabitants at the hands of Daesh did not cause much of an outcry in the West, the capture of Palmyra ignited fears over what lay ahead for the invaluable 2,000-year-old ruins.
Believe it or not, soldiers or mercenaries working far away from home can behave in “monstrous” ways. That has notably-but not exclusively- to do with them working under a strong sense of discipline and hierarchy which can become stifling and oppressive, in non gender-mixed environment, as well as within a context that lacks an intricate social fabric to give a constructive framework to one’s actions.