Note: This Essay was written as part of my BA in Journalism and Media (2014–17) at Birkbeck, University of London, for the Module of The Mediated City.

Introduction

This assignment attempts to address the pre-set question: “Does the pervasive use of personal sound devices necessarily point to an increasing disconnection from urban public life?”.

The following essay is divided into four sections (not considering both introduction, and conclusion respectfully). The first section (‘The definition of noise, and the socio-historical context of the contemporary urban soundscape’), aims at defining the concept of ‘noise’, alongside with the contemporary socio-historical development of the urban…


How Trump Enacted the Immigration Crisis During the 2016 Presidential Campaign

Note: This Essay was written as part of my MSc in Comparative Politics (2017–18) at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), for the ‘Populism’ Module.

Introduction

This essay attempts examine the role of crisis performance in relation to populism by using Moffit’s model in the context of contemporary populism, using Donald Trump’s rhetoric on immigration as a case study. For the sake of clarity, the essay is divided into three key parts: the conceptual framework, the theoretical framework and the discussion.

The conceptual framework attempts to give a brief overview of the highly contested definition of populism, followed…


Whenever we think about ‘skateboarding’, the word is unlikely to invoke visions of suits, ties and big conference rooms. At a first glance the activity is galaxies away from anything remotely professional.

The truth, though, is that if one reflects beyond the knee jerk reaction of instinctive visions of skateparks and ripped jeans, we actually find a surprisingly vast amount of transferable skills that can be applied anywhere from the concrete all the way to the workplace.

Going in for the Fall

Anyone who has stepped foot on a skateboard understands one simple rule: you are going to fall. …


Nos dias que correm somos constantemente bombardeados com notícias desagradáveis, preocupantes ou até mesmo assustadoras. Dessas notícias, a economia é sem dúvida um dos temas mais psicologicamente desgastantes. O peso da incerteza, a falta de apoios imediatos, e a passividade na face do colapso daquilo que é um dos pilares da nossa existência sociopolítica, evoca consigo uma sinfonia que anuncia a chegada dos cavaleiros do apocalipse.

Mas não tem de o ser, e estas reações hiperbólicas são sinais de um processo que já estava em curso, mas que foi acelerado vertiginosamente, com repercussões catastróficas ampliadas por essa mesma velocidade.

A…


Pela segunda vez consecutiva a Assembleia da República Portuguesa (AR) abriu as portas a novas forças políticas, refletindo uma nova tendência de pluralidade parlamentar — Um fenómeno a que chamei de Paradoxo Partidário noutro artigo.

Apesar de não me competir avançar com uma moralização do assunto como um todo, creio ser pertinente tentar desmistificar a única força política (das que estão representadas na Assembleia) que reconheço como corrosiva para a nossa Democracia e valores sociais: o Chega!.

Populismo? Sim, mas não vamos por aí.

Para todos efeitos o Partido Chega! deve a sua existência e impacto público ao seu Presidente e Deputado, André Ventura. O líder carismático…


Note: This Essay was written as part of my MSc in Comparative Politics (2017–18) at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), for the ‘Muslims in Europe’ Module.

Introduction

The following essay attempts to validate the analogy between Anti-Semitism and Islamophobia. The work is divided into two sections, the conceptual framework and the discussion. The first strives to define the concepts of analogy, Anti-Semitism (‘new’ and ‘old’ expressions), and Islamophobia. …


Note: This Dissertation was written and submitted as a final project for my MSc in Comparative Politics (2017–18) at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

Abstract

This paper will explore the reasons as to why the party system was realigned in Greece and not in Portugal after the 2008 economic crisis. The paper tests two hypotheses, one that focuses on the effects of populism on the party system, and another focusing on the effects of the electoral systems, more specifically open-lists and closed-lists.

The paper finds plausible reasons to believe that Greece’s political culture triggered the party…


A entrada de novas entidades no Palácio de S. Bento foi durante a maior parte da nossa jovem democracia um fenómeno inexistente. Este ano, pela segunda vez consecutiva, encerramos o ciclo legislativo com novos partidos no parlamento.

Com a aparente morte do conceito de maioria absoluta e o aumento de forças outrora marginais não seria inconsequente procurar padrões ‘a là Grécia 20015’, que refletem reajustes no sistema partidário nacional. Mas tal análise seria precoce.

Considerando que o tempo para reajustes radicais passou por Portugal durante a crise económica da década passada sem integralmente desfigurar o status quo partidário, esta nova…


Portugal has one of the most humane and ground-breaking legislative frameworks for animal welfare in Europe. In recent years the country has made substantial advances with regards to the criminalisation of animal abuse and abandonment, with its latest step being a 2018 law banning euthanasia as a form of population control — prioritising sterilisation, temporary sheltering (until adoption), and socio-political education in its stead.

In Portugal, therefore, it is illegal to kill an animal for the sake population control — e.g. a perfectly healthy stray dog, caught and taken to a kennel or shelter, can never be put down, irrespectively…


Note: This Dissertation was written and submitted as a final project for my BA in Journalism and Media (2014–17) at Birkbeck, University of London.

Abstract

Considering the ubiquity of human rights abuses, there is a pressing need to portray victims as human beings. This is important at both moral and practical levels because all persons should be recognised as human, and also to facilitate actions that can relief them of suffering. This paper uses a visual discourse analysis to critically engage with Amnesty International’s ‘It’s Not Happening Here. But It Is Happening Now.’ campaign through the theoretical lens of ‘Proper Distance’…

Viriato Villas-Boas

Observing & Commenting.● MSc Comparative Politics ■ London School of Economics and Political Science《》 B.A. Journalism & Media ■ Birkbeck, University of London

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