Social media

The problem with ‘David’s law’

23 October 2021 9:00 am

Two members of parliament have been killed in the past five and a half years. This, one long-serving MP laments,…

The Facebook empire is beginning to crumble

6 October 2021 6:43 pm

When empires crumble they slide slowly at first, then the temple walls come crashing down. Facebook is not quite at…

I miss life before Big Tech

2 October 2021 9:00 am

Do any of you remember the time when everything took place on the terraces and in outdoor cafés? Before everyone…

Blue-tick Twitter is spoiling Emma Raducanu's victory

13 September 2021 7:10 am

How do you take the pleasure out of something so marvellous and joyful as Emma Raducanu’s US open victory last…

Technology is robbing us of the power to forget

4 September 2021 9:00 am

Technology is robbing us of the power to forget

I was held to ransom by hackers

7 August 2021 9:00 am

I was held to ransom by hackers

Mesmerising and monstrous: @zola reviewed

7 August 2021 9:00 am

The distinction between on and offline life blurred long ago. The greatest spats, sexual self-fashionings and mad soliloquies now unfurl…

Isn't it time social media cracked down on racism?

12 July 2021 9:50 pm

No sooner had Bukayo Saka’s penalty kick thudded into the gloves of the Italian goalkeeper than you could see it…

The bogus business of stigma-busting

10 July 2021 9:00 am

Our society is bristling with social stigmas, we’re told, even in the progressive West, even in London. Life is so…

Beware Boris's sinister crackdown on free speech

24 June 2021 5:14 pm

A Conservative government that boasts it is a defender of free speech against the attacks of ‘the woke’ is about…

Big Tech is turning into Big Brother

5 June 2021 9:00 am

The Big Tech social media giants are having to rethink their policy of censoring anybody who suggests that Covid originated…

How TikTok can turn a book into a bestseller

5 June 2021 9:00 am

How TikTok can make a book a bestseller

A brilliant, tense, ragged slice of drama: Waiting for Lefty reviewed

29 May 2021 9:00 am

A Russian Doll is a monologue about Putin’s campaign to swing the Brexit vote in his favour. It stars Rachel…

TikTok intifada: the role of new media in old conflicts

22 May 2021 9:00 am

The TikTokisation of global politics

The curious rise of cottagecore

1 May 2021 9:00 am

Cottagecore, not to be confused with cottaging, is an aspirational lifestyle trend. The word is relatively new —although you’ll find…

The first-century saint who went viral

3 April 2021 9:00 am

Laura Freeman considers how artists have depicted one of the strangest and most touching of the Stations of the Cross

Promising material squandered: BKLYN – The Musical reviewed

27 March 2021 9:00 am

BKLYN — The Musical gives itself a headache for no reason. What does ‘BKLYN’ mean? Perhaps it’s a random jumble…

The true cost of Gordon Elliott’s crass stupidity

20 March 2021 9:00 am

Thanks to Covid, there could be no spine-tingling roar at the Cheltenham Festival this year as the first race runners…

Clubhouse left me with one question: why am I here?

13 March 2021 9:00 am

For my 13th birthday in 1995 I requested — and got — my own ‘line’. This meant that I could…

The myth of ‘progressive’ thinking

13 February 2021 9:00 am

Too much weight is put on the idea of ‘progress’

How Facebook became a freedom-gobbling corporate monster

30 January 2021 9:00 am

Southwark Playhouse is beating the latest lockdown with a zingy new musical about social media. The performers, Francesca Forristal and…

The big tech bullies

30 January 2021 9:00 am

I was in the kitchen preparing the family’s dinner when the inauguration of Joe Biden was on TV, so I…

Bad influence: Instagramming from Dubai isn’t ‘work’

23 January 2021 9:00 am

Instagramming from Dubai isn’t ‘work’

The tech supremacy: Silicon Valley can no longer conceal its power

16 January 2021 9:00 am

Can anyone stand up to big tech?

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@jack is the giant

13 January 2021 3:09 am

Where is Jack? You know, Jack-the-Giant-Killer? The little fellow who caught the giant Cormaran in a deadfall and dispatched him…