In Defence of Liberty

Driven by data; ridden with liberty.

Monthly Archives: July, 2014

On Women as Background Decoration, Part 1

In the fifth entry in her Tropes versus Women in Video Games series, Anita Sarkeesian focuses on ‘Women as Background Decoration’. Ms Sarkeesian rightly highlights game advertisements have often utilised … Continue reading

July 27, 2014

The Purposes of Advertising

Advertising serves three main purposes: direct response, usually a purchase; brand awareness and customer loyalty. At the height of the wrenching anti-globalist movement, polemics against consumerism and advertising prospered, such … Continue reading

July 25, 2014

Statistics and Lampposts XIII: Effect Sizes

One of the more misunderstood concepts in statistics is that of statistical significance. If the difference between two groups is statistically significant, it simply means that the described difference is … Continue reading

July 22, 2014

Reshuffle or Boogie

As Prime Minister, David Cameron has kept the movement of his ministers to a minimum. As a testament to this stability, Theresa May is the longest-serving Home Secretary since Rab … Continue reading

July 20, 2014

Emergency Surveillance Laws

With the amount of legislative directives billowing from the European Commission, it was only a matter of time before two laws were ruled to contradict one another.  In April, the … Continue reading

July 14, 2014

A Link to the Past 12/07/2014

Here is a selection of my favourite articles over the past month: Mark Ferguson (Labour List): Beware politicians bearing “emergency” laws Nick Gillespie (Daily Beast): One War we should be … Continue reading

July 12, 2014

Review: How to Train Your Dragon 2

The main surprise of How to Train Your Dragon – the story of a boy raised to kill dragons beginning a forbidden friendship – was not that it made money. … Continue reading

July 10, 2014