My op-ed in today's The Malta Independent discusses how we can apply Stoicism in 2021.
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Best wishes for 2021, dear reader.
'Caring society, care of the self' is my first op-ed in the Malta Independent for 2021. You can read it from the following link:
Once again in 2021 I am committed to write my fortnightly Thursday op-ed sociological focus in The Malta Independent print and online editions. Thanks to all readers and staff at The Malta Independent. Best wishes for 2021 🎉
Happy Christmas dear readers. My op-ed in today's Malta Independent discusses the opportunity to get together when it matters:
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I often get the impression that parallel universes exist in Malta, the small-island which happens to be the tiniest EU member state.
Let's look at flashy protagonists of the activism/politics/media industry. Networks often support each other, legitimizing each others voices, echoing narratives, covering costs, being selectively critical and assuming that the whole world is watching.
Only that scientific value surveys consistently show that silent majorities have other concerns, and that social change is multifaceted. It goes beyond slogans, likes and photo-opportunities. But as long as we're happy applauding ourselves, that's fine.
In my op-ed in today's Malta Independent I discuss lifestyle satisfaction and party affiliation in the current Covid-19 context. You can read the article from this link:
In the news we often read about sensationalist activity which makes snackable media and generates clicks.
But at the same time, silent majorities may be doing their own thing in silence. Some express contention not through public action, but through their choices and interactions in everyday life. The same holds for those who conform to mainstream norms and values.
And each and every one of us faces our own contradictions: We conform to certain processes, institutions and norms but do not conform to others.
From a sociological perspective, if we wish to understand the plurality, intersections and dynamics of people's perspectives and aspirations beyond our own social bubbles, it is important both to study protest, contention and public discourses, but also to investigate the everyday interactions and choices of people beyond the public sphere.
There are so many fingers in the pie that it is not surprising that financing of/for political activism - from candidates to crusaders - is elbowed out of the debate. Better choose to be free than to be sucked in the swamp.