The Best of 2013 on Politics Beyond Politicians

21:47Ciaran McCormick

2013 was the year I decided to start a blog. It stemmed naturally from studying politics at university. However, my frustration at the narrowness of the stereotype of the field was the perfect fuel to the fire that you need to keep a blog alive. My website is for anyone that ever says any of the following things:

1) Politicians are all the same
2) Isn't politics about what happens in Parliament/what Barack Obama says/giving bankers bonuses
3) You are studying politics. Do you want to be a politician?

I tapped into that rich vein of stereotypes with the comedic Facebook page 'Things Politics Students Say' which proved to be far more popular than I could have imagined, as well as attracting some internet trolls along the way. Instead, politics is about such broad topics as food, clothes, protest, language and everything else that makes up the tapestry of our complex existence. This is my chance to reflect on the top 5 posts of the blog in its inaugural year. Thank you to anybody that has written a guest post, given me some helpful feedback or, most importantly, read any of my posts.






TL;DR? Here are the top five posts of 2013 in reverse order:

Watching a film aimed at a young audience, I didn't expect to be thinking back on its film classification. However, going to the cinema with someone considerably younger than myself for the first time made me think about violence and unsuitable content in the media.

This guest post by student and blogger Bradley Cole is a technically brilliant and thought-provoking piece on the significance of geography for our geo-political world. It has a huge span from the tribal origins of man to America's naval capabilities.

When the chairman of popular confectioner Jelly Belly supported transphobic legislation in America, people were justifiably outraged. This post focused on the injustice of that law and the calls to boycott the company.

Another popular piece on protests was the article about a series of grassroots activism against the Conservative's bedroom tax policy. It was seen as in the same spirit as the Occupy movement. People slept out in the streets to reject the government's exploitation of the vulnerable.

By far our most popular post, this publicised a video by Isao Hashimoto that showed in a subtle but disturbing sequence every nuclear test on the planet. Shocking but gripping stuff.

Thank you to everyone that has been a part of the project. I am hoping that 2014 will be even better, including more original and engaging content, more people on board and the exposure of even more taboos and everyday politics.

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