IS SOCIAL MEDIA ON THE TABLE IN 2020?

  . By Kevin Lamarque/REUTERS. There is a moment in Fahrenheit 451 when Clarisse, the affable teenager who lives next door to the firefighter Montag, pauses to essay about how fast society moves and what has been lost in the process. “I sometimes think drivers don’t know what grass is, or flowers, because they never see them slowly,” Clarisse says. “If you showed a driver a green blur, Oh yes! he’d say, that’s grass! A pink blur! That’s a rose garden! White blurs are houses. Brown blurs are cows. My…

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It’s time to put food policy back on the table

During the farm crisis of the 1980s, an Iowa farmer asked if I knew the difference between a family farmer and a pigeon. When I said no, he delighted in explaining, “A pigeon can still make a deposit on a new John Deere.” That’s funny, except that it really isn’t. Worse, the bitter reality of the tractor joke is still true: The farm crisis has not gone away, though hundreds of thousands of farm families have. The economic devastation in farm country continues unabated as agribusiness profiteers, Wall Street speculators, urban…

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Food news: A seat at the chef’s table

Whatever one thinks about celebrity chefs and the macho rock-star culture that has grown up around them, there’s no denying that Netflix series Chef’s Table is a must-watch for anyone with an interest in the world of food and restaurants. The on-demand service recently announced the chefs that will feature in the third season, which is released online February 17. As with the second season, there are two women among the six chefs profiled. One of those featured in the new series – which gives an intimate and sometimes emotional…

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Labour MP to table 30 changes to education bill to benefit students

A Labour MP has promised to table more than 30 amendments to a higher education bill in an attempt to ensure that students get a better experience from their degrees as tuition fees continue to rise. Wes Streeting, the MP for Ilford North and former president of the National Union of Students, said he wanted the higher education and research bill to include a “students’ bill of rights”. The bill, about to enter the committee stage of scrutiny in the House of Commons, has already attracted criticism for not doing…

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