The age of digital identity: the trap for political action

Cade M. Olmstead

It is on social media where the vast majority of political expression is carried out after all. Is this just because of the technology’s widespread popularity or are the digital commons the only place in which one can be public? Is the virtual in our eyes virtually the only option? So much of one’s identity is increasingly tied up into these social media platforms.

Climatologist Jozef Pecho: "It can very well happen that global warming will spin out of our control"

Peter Sterančák

“Well, up until now the planet warmed up by 1 °C and we can already see some critical changes. Perhaps the most important change is the decline of biodiversity, which is caused, aside from other factors, directly by climate change. Then there is the death of coral reefs, which is already massive due to oceans warming up. Another problem is the biosphere on land.”

CLASSIC MOVIE SUNDAYS: Pulp Fiction (1994)

Georgios Merkouris

It is a daunting task to talk about this film, given how much of an impact it has had. To this day, it continues to influence cinema. It revitalized independent filmmaking, revived the careers of John Travolta and Bruce Willis, as well as made its director a household name.

INTERVIEW with Peter Vrbjar, co-founder of United Colours of Football Festival in Bratislava

Peter Sterančák

According to the official Facebook statement, it’s the anti-racist football tournament which celebrates diversity and the enriching aspect of different cultures in our own society. The organizers shy away from any form of discrimination based on nationality, race, gender or sexual orientation. I was keen to interview one of them, Peter Vrbjar, to know more…

Rwanda 1994: 100 days of brutal killing. A genocide faster than the Holocaust

Peter Sterančák

25 years ago, on April 6, 1994, the plane of Rwandan president Juvénal Habyarimana was shot down, killing everyone on board. The day after, on April 7, an apocalyptic genocide started to unfold in this small Central African nation. Over the course of the next 100 days, somewhere between 800 000 to 1 000 000 people have died, in the country with a population of 7 million.

CLASSIC MOVIE SUNDAYS: Taxi Driver (1976)

Georgios Merkouris

Often imitated yet never quite surpassed, “Taxi Driver” is one of the most unsettling motion pictures ever made. It manages to both capture the zeitgeist of its era, whilst addressing pervasive issues relevant to our world today. Taking place in New York City during the ‘70s, it tells the story of a man, haunted by his experiences, crippled by loneliness.

What2Play: FIFA Ultimate Team

Miloslav Valko

It is all about money and how to get it from people's pockets as efficiently as possible. In-game purchases in FIFA Ultimate Team were banned in Belgium recently, as the problems escalated to the level that children were stealing their parents' credit card details and using them to open those packs with a chance of 1:13 000 000 to get that Ronaldo.

What2Play: Metal Gear V: The Phantom Pain

Arnold Remenár

“The story is surprisingly deep although most of the lore is discovered through audiotapes that can be played in-game. However, even without the tapes, the story is rich with themes such as effects of genocide, PTSD, alienation as well as the reality of child soldiers. As a complete newcomer to the series, I was still able to relate and care about the plot and its characters.”

Timothy Snyder: “The thing about authoritarianism is that it’s just so boring”

Peter Sterančák, Michal Micovčin

A historian by profession, specializing in the history of Central and Eastern Europe, professor Snyder is also a permanent fellow at The Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna. We discussed, among other things: current political development in Slovakia; ideas from his latest books, the rise of authoritarianism, or power of oligarchy; a role of Europe and EU in fighting extremism; and a role of journalism in protecting truth. 

CLASSIC MOVIE SUNDAYS: The Princess Bride (1987)

Georgios Merkouris

Based on William Goldman’s 1973 novel of the same name, “The Princess Bride” is one of the most enduring (and endearing) cult classics of all time. The secret to its appeal lies mostly in its theatrical nature. The story and characters both earnest and satirical. It starts off with a highly melodramatic tone, then reveals its true nature, that of a parody of adventure romance films and epic fantasies.

Will Slovakia have its first female president?

Peter Sterančák

These seem to be the only two options possible after the first round of presidential elections on Saturday 16, 2019. Zuzana Čaputová (read: tschaputova) won the first round with 40.6 % of the vote (870 415 votes), while Maroš Šefčovič (read: marosh chef-tchovitch), the candidate of the ruling party, secured only 18.7% (400 379).

What2Play: Spyro: Reignited Trilogy

Miloslav Valko

It's 11 pm on a Saturday evening, and after days of grinding I am on the verge of throwing my controller away in absolute disgust. This is due to the boss fight in the remastered version of Spyro. After last year's Crash Bandicoot N Sane Trilogy, Spyro: Reignited Trilogy is the latest attempt to feed the near-insatiable demand for gaming nostalgia.