Easter eggs were once a rare luxury – so how did they become so commonplace?

Shutterstock For weeks (and weeks) in the run up to Easter, brightly packaged chocolate eggs fill the shelves of British supermarkets. Piled high and sold cheap, they are easy to get hold of – even hard to avoid. But this wasn’t always the case. For almost a century after the first ones were produced in …

Rise of cryptocurrencies could curb American power

shutterstock.com There has been a lot of talk in foreign policy circles of the coming post-American world – in which the international system will transition from a unipolar to a multipolar system. But, as we currently stand, the US remains unquestionably the foremost power of the contemporary system. Much of this perceived power is built …

Why the High Street should better harness digital technology – inside its shops

Shutterstock It has become almost fashionable to predict doom and gloom for high street clothes shops. And the outlook can indeed seem bleak. The British firm Next announced a slide in profits for 2017, which its chief executive described as the toughest 12 months in the last 25 years. Jobs are at risk at the …

Does Mark Zuckerberg have too much power at the helm of Facebook?

The Facebook CEO has promised to 'do better'. Bakhur Nick / Shutterstock.com The scandal around Facebook’s privacy practices and the way that it protects its users data – now under official investigation for possibly violating US federal securities laws – brings into question the way that the company is run. In particular, the fact that …

How to Use the WordPress WYSIWYG Toolbar to Format Your Blog Posts Like a Pro

Are you using WordPress’ formatting features to their fullest? I expect you already know the basics of formatting your blog posts to make them more readable. (If you’re just getting started, you might want to check out 4 WordPress Formatting Tips to Make Your Posts More Readable for an overview of the basics.) But many bloggers …

Give millennials a break – young people are worse off and it’s not their fault

Millennials have been hardest hit by cuts. Antony Bennison, CC BY-NC Young people are poorer than older people. And it’s not simply because the old have worked all their lives and are enjoying the fruits of their labours in their sunset years. The wealth gap between the young and the old is on the rise …

Six signs China wants to avoid a trade war

The Trump administration’s announcement that it will impose up to $US60 billion in tariffs on Chinese imports has led to fears of a trade war brewing between the two countries. In response, China said it is preparing retaliatory tariffs on 128 US products, amounting to US$3 billion of goods. Yet there is reason to believe …

#DeleteFacebook is still feeding the beast – but there are ways to overcome surveillance capitalism

Not creepy at all. antb / Shutterstock.com In the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, many people are questioning whether or not to delete their Facebook accounts. It’s not the first time this has happened. I can’t recall how many times I have seen calls to boycott Facebook – on Facebook – ever since I …

240: 7 Social Media Trends I Noticed at Social Media Marketing World

Key Themes and Trends from the Social Media Marketing World Conference In today’s episode, I want to share seven trends people were talking about at the Social Media Marketing World mega-conference recently held in San Diego. Social Media Marketing World is probably one of the biggest social media conferences in the world.  Seven main themes …

Why workers go on strike

The employment relationship – between employer and employee – is full of tensions, bargains and compromises. Even the most motivated employee has days when they would rather be doing something else. Or when they simply dislike the way their boss asked them to do something. These tension points often go unnoticed and unremarked upon. They …