Milgram is quite an odd one. I think it plays upon working its way into getting you to do something without you realising what you’re doing until it’s too late. The research is important for understanding how peole are susceptible to that though, and once you know about the susceptibility you can better guard yourself against falling into the trap.
I know what you mean about journalism. It’s something you have to be aware of how you use it and what it’s being used for. I think the concept of bias is quite interesting because it sort of assumes there’s some level of neutrality – I don’t agree that that’s possible. I don’t really think neutrality exists, or if it does we can know what it is or where it lies. The main thing is being conscious of what the bias is for a writer or paper and whose interests they’re working for, and then being conscious of that as you read an article when it comes to how you analyse it.
Yup, anti-capitalist. When you say Socialist Party, so you mean Socialist Workers Party or Socialist Party? In either case I support that they exist, and think they play an important role in building a movement. I don’t affiliate myselves with them, or any political party, because at least for the time being I’d rather remain free of working myself into a system. I do have a few friends that are SWP members though, and when they organise events I take an interest and try to get involved. All the members I’ve met are friendly, sociable and good people though so I’m sure if you ever go up to them for a chat about something I’m sure they’d be more than happy.
I think if you weren’t certain about what you wanted to do, it’s good that you’ve waited. I don’t like the way the schooling system is set up: in year 9 you’re told to pick these courses that will help you do well in this job you choose for you to go into. And you’re what, 13? And then you’re told the same thing at 16, and at 18. As if you’re never going to change your mind about it. Balls to that, do what you think is good for you and don’t bottle neck yourself into something you’ll live to hate!