There’s always a thing that tips you over. You might be in a relationship that’s not going well, a job you don’t like, a home with too many frictions or whatever. But a moment comes when you think ‘enough’. And you finally take the step away you’ve been contemplating for the longest time. It can feel daunting at first.
You remember when the thing you’re quitting was great. You wonder if you’ll find another thing that will also be great.
For a while, before you cut the tie, you wonder if it’s actually just you. You wonder if you’ll notice…
The death of Florian Schneider closes a chapter, making what went before all the more important.
Better cultural commentators than me will write detailed appreciations of the man who teamed up with Ralf Hütter to form the band that I’d listen to more than any other. This is just a personal missive to mark a moment.
It was a sunny afternoon in 1978 when a 16 year-old lad went down to the local card shop that also sold records and bought a 7" single called ‘The Robots’ that he’d read about in Sounds. …
There’s an argument from anti-Brexit people that Britain needs a ‘unity’ figure to lead a brief government, perhaps for only a couple of weeks. This ‘unity’ figure’s job? To drag the country away from the cliff edge of a chaotic no-deal departure from the European Union.
By unity figure they generally mean not the leader of Her Majesty’s Official Opposition. That’s Jeremy Corbyn and he is polling very badly.
We all have opinions on who should lead this proposed short-term government, to pause the Brexit process, call a General Election and possibly pass an Act for another referendum. This article…
My eyes were opened, as a novice feminist (or, at least, a clunky budding ally of feminists), by the introduction into online social commentary of a simple concept.
And once I understood it, I could no longer unsee the #everydaysexism all around us.
This post is about #everydaybias, a very similar phenomenon.
The thing with #everydaystuff is that it’s arguably more pernicious than blatant rule infractions. So it sinks, largely unnoticed, into consciousness. We can easily spot the idiot narratives of men’s rights activists who think women belong in historically defined roles. It’s even quite easy to miss the…
For a long time there has been a clearly stated Labour Party policy on Brexit.
People who remain fundamentally opposed to Brexit in principle don’t like it because Labour has chosen to recognise rather than repudiate the result of the 2016 referendum. Whether or not Labour is right to do so is not the subject of this post. There are many sensible, good faith, arguments on-going in both directions on that complex and nuanced question.
But on Brexit policy, as it stands, Labour has as clear a stance as any party.
You can read it here in the 2017 General…
Just over a year ago I attended Misinfocon, in London. It was brilliant. You can hear interviews I recorded with some of the delegates in this episode of The Disinformation Age podcast.
They’re doing good work. But something changed for me, as a result of that experience. I became much less interested in the vectors of disinformation (bots, bad actors hiding behind pseudonymous personas, even the Russians and their infamous Internet Research Agency teams of trolls). …
I understand why people want to stop Brexit from happening. I don’t agree that stopping Brexit from happening is wise. Here’s why.
Brexit is an idea with roots in various parts of the British psyche and culture. Everyone knows what they are. But, so we’re on the same page, my list goes like this;
Pride & nostalgia in a powerful past
Authoritarian conservative values
Ignorance of the EU & its institutions
Economic & social inequality
Desire in the political class for unfettered power to set — or remove — rules
Opportunities to cash in on economic shock
Simplistic binary interpretations of complex things
An island mentality
Time was when the Brexit debate was comfortingly simple. Leavers were idiots, Remainers were smart. Leavers were all about the knee-jerk emotional response. Remainers were all about listening to experts and weighing the evidence.
And then #FBPE happened.
#FBPE is the new #Remain. It stands for ‘Follow Back Pro-Europe’. A signal to unite behind a common banner across the social web — principally Twitter.
Sounds good so far. While pro-Europeans have been building their digital social networks for the best part of two years, the idea of supercharging that process is attractive.
People pulling together generally make stuff happen more…
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