BSJ

The Butler Scholarly Journal

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  1. Philippines Expedition: Coral Reefs

    Covering less than 0.1% of the surface of the oceans, but supporting over a quarter of all marine life, coral reefs are some of the most biologically diverse areas on our planet. If you ever have the privilege to dive on a coral reef you will see the incredible diversity of animals, a multitude of incredibly inventive adaptions and so many symbiotic relationships you get the impression of a perfectly designed and incredibly intricate jigsaw. Coral reefs are so much more than a haven for divers and biologists: they are not self-contained ecosystems but support larger fish that are part…

  2. A Critical Look at Video Games: a reinforcement of dominant ideologies or an emancipatory force for change?

    In an increasingly complex, interconnected and technological world, a plethora of debates surrounding the effects of technology and its implications are making their way into everyday life. The increasing prevalence of ocularcentrism, whereby the dominance of the visual is infiltrating and saturating every aspect of postmodern society (Rose, 2001), means that new media forms are contributing to ‘expanding geographic imaginaries’ (Ash et al, 2009: 472) serving as ideologically loaded representations of the world in which we live. In particular, as an increasingly prevalent media form within our postmodern, ocularcentric society, video games are often saturated with stereotypes, illusions, reproductions, imitations…

  3. Romania Expedition: The changing experiences of children in state care in the Harghita region of Romania

    Before I began my DUCK expedition to Romania last summer, I watched a number of documentaries and read numerous articles that aimed to portray the plight of Romanian children in state care. These programmes and articles painted the image of social excluded children who were malnourished, mistreated and hidden away from the rest of society. Heart-wrenching images of hollow eyed children confined to cots and unable to walk or talk by the age of five which demonstrated the true devastation of institutionalisation. Romania’s orphanage crisis is considered to be the product of Nicolae Ceausescu’s communist regime; film maker Florian Lepan…

  4. High Stakes Poker

    The US Government Shutdown has been in effect for a few days now and as of the time of writing, there has been no indication that they are close to resolving their differences and passing a budget. The press in most countries have been reporting the issue as an economic one, with BBC News and Day News citing an astonishing statistic that if the US government were to remain in shutdown mode for three weeks, the GDP of the United States would drop by 0.9%[1][2]. To give you a broad understanding of how much money that is, the current US…