Category Archives: Media

Fake news, and confiscating megaphones

There are two kinds of ‘fake news’ – we should be more tolerant of the one that seems to annoy us a lot, and we should be more worried about the one that we’ve always accepted.

Taking Twitter seriously

TwitterA quick aside. I keep reading about how awful public debate is on Twitter.

No-one would bother getting upset about how awful public debate is on 4Chan.

Like 4Chan, Twitter was not designed as a place to debate anything in any sensible way. If you’re using Twitter as anything other than a newsfeed, you’re going to get trolled, and outside the microclimate of people who take debate on Twitter seriously, what is said on Twitter doesn’t really matter.

Step away.