The Left Is Losing The Argument. Here’s How To Fix It.

It’s been a difficult couple of weeks for those who consider themselves ‘left’ or ‘progressive’ (and I’d count myself as both). What the Google diversity memo revealed, more than anything, was that there are many who not only don’t share our priorities but think that the way that we’ve been going about securing them is […]

Google just released a creepy API for censorship

Google just released Perspective, an API for “improving” conversations online, and one I find deeply disturbing. According to the marketing site, “discussing things you care about can be difficult,” and “the threat of abuse and harassment online means that many people stop expressing themselves and give up on seeking different opinions.” If this isn’t sounding […]

Stop Equating Political Opposition with Online Abuse

It’s no secret that online spaces have become rife with abuse and abusive behaviour. Politicians and commentators who frankly have better things to do have to endure the spectre of racist, misogynistic and transphobic abuse through email and social media on a daily basis. The move online hasn’t just made it easier to order a […]

How social media is breaking civil society and what we can do about it

Five years ago, and with social technology advancing at an unprecedented rate, it was widely believed that social technologies would open up a global political discourse in an almost utopian way. Platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, widening Internet access around the world and a greater sense of social responsibility gave rise to the idea […]

Straight people can never really understand the role of the gay bar in the LGBT community

I remember the first time I went to an LGBT bar. It was, of all places, Missing in Birmingham. For me, any many in my community, the attack on the Orlando gay nightclub Pulse where a lone gunman stormed in and killed 50 people has had an almost visceral impact. Calling what happened in Orlando […]

Justin Bieber’s new track is an anthem for growing up as a millennial

I’ve been wanting to write about this song for a while. It’s the track I jam to in my bedroom, it’s the song I sing at music practice, and it’s the first song I really connected with on Purpose. Not that Purpose is a bad album, it’s actually surprisingly decent for a Bieber album. But […]