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Well done to the irrepresible Roy Strong, who has called out the V&A for adjusting their exhibitions to attract the populace.

He slams the big brains behind ‘blockbuster’ concepts such as the past exhibition of Grace Kelly’s dresses, and now the David Bowie Retrospective, for focusing merely on selling tickets, and getting as many bodies through the door as possible

Bravo Sir Roy…the V&A is a beautiful museum, with a truly brilliant permanent collection. Must everything be dumbed down nowadays?

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The 21st January 2013 marked the 84th Martin Luther King Jnr Day, a day of splendid and periodic pride for Americans and quite frankly everyone around the world, touched by his impact on the Civil Rights movement.

Dr King’s mild manner and passion for civil rights made it possible for Civil Rights, as a term, to be defined, as it is now, in a progressive and ‘socially inclusive’ era. He was a pacifist who believed in equality for all. It is hard at times to fathom that a human being of his calibre existed in contrast to such a simple and oppressive paradigm of ideologies.

What’s more astounding is that these ideologies were realities. But extensive thought on this matter has led me to wonder whether we have moved away from this potent, and damaging regressive ideology.

In today’s fast moving society, have we returned to a state where we will section off our sensibilities and human instinct to help someone out in need without any foreseeable reward?

Everyone likes structure and it is important to psychologically take care of yourself and others in your immediate surroundings , that is and of itself character building. But when did it get to a point where we can now make fun of poverty in light-hearted ‘Facebook memes’?

We don’t probe further into the basis of this ‘light-hearted’ banter otherwise we are viewed as outlandish tyrants that refuse to conform to the will of the populace.

I wonder..who would be our Dr King?  And furthermore, I wonder, whether his methodology would be rendered redundant in our society. It’s shocking the extent to which strangers are vile to each other on youtube – would such a disparate cross-section humanity be able to come together to fight for decency? For the right to be respected?

Peaceful protesting is a very admirable and intelligent approach, but at what point do we shout to let our voices be heard at what extent does the dreary day to day spin on news become too much for us?

Do we continue to believe that because things are happening out there that are beyond one person’s control we should just ignore, how is that we still make judgements and perpetuate stereotypes in the supposed age of tolerance and acceptance?

Davina Odebunmi is a Humanities student at the Open University