Challenging academic traditions.
Questioning cultural etiquette.
Exploring human paradoxes.
As our loyal readers know COTO is all about thinking outside of the box. We pose direct challenges to those engaged in the same old rhetoric and traditions within the academy. We do not blindly accept the current cultural etiquette in political discourse. We advocate people be judged as individuals and not by particular demographic groups they may belong to. We enjoy the exploration of human paradoxes. We embrace cultural innovation, creativity and mischief. We are interrogating the impact of our contemporary culture on our world views. We want to start new and original conversations and political discourse. We believe in free speech.
It is important to embrace all the opportunities for fresh solutions in this time of seismic cultural change. This involves being able to identify our own prejudices and double standards. It involves being able to check out for ourselves alternative viewpoints and explanations as to why things are as they are. It involves coming up with new ideas and creative solutions. It involves seeing things in new and interesting ways through cultural issues, digital technology, film, music and art. It involves hearing and seeing things we may have been told we should never listen to or look at. It involves having the freedom to agree or disagree, rather than others deciding what ideas we are allowed to engage in.
We want our audience to be able to explore and synthesise ideas from all over the political spectrum and areas of creative practice. We want to encourage our readers to be open to ideas outside their ideological comfort zones.
YOU DON’T HAVE TO THINK LIKE EVERYBODY ELSE!
Dr Greg Scorzo – Director, Chief Editor, Writer, Courses and Talks.
“He practices philosophy in the same way as musicians practice jazz – a truly insightful and original free-thinker. Actually he could be described as a Jazz Philosopher.” – Chrysalis Jones.
Bio – Greg Scorzo was a founder member of One plus One magazine which developed into CULTURE ON THE OFFENSIVE, and contributor to One+One Filmmakers Journal since 2010. He taught philosophy at the University of Nottingham until 2014. He has a PhD in Meta-Ethics, and an MA in Ethics and Political Philosophy from the University of Nottingham, and a BA in Philosophy from Whittier College in California.
He also has a huge passion and extensive knowledge of contemporary music and films which are outside the mainstream.
Lizzie Soden, MA – Director, Creative Strategy and Development, Writer.
“Emerging from the post-punk era, her work bridges the chasm between intellectual pursuit and popular culture. She juxtaposes and links ideas, in order to ask new questions and create new lenses through which to view the world.” – William Snipper.
Bio – Lizzie Soden was a founder member of One Plus One magazine which developed into CULTURE ON THE OFFENSIVE. She is an Independent Artist/Filmmaker, has made pop-videos, documented events and been a community based filmmaker. She has also been a local arts development officer, a Festivals and Events project manager and run various small cultural enterprises. She has an MA in Art and Design (studio practice) from Loughborough University, and a BA in Fine Art from Lanchester Polytechnic, (now Coventry University.)
She is an immensely curious and creative active researcher. She trawls social media and embraces new technology in all aspects of her work. She is a strategic thinker and project-planner.