Category Archives: Media

How to defeat Cancel Culture.

The key is to defend the independence of editors from all of their enemies. And those enemies are not all in The Woke Mob.

Maureen Lipman is the latest in a long line of artists and writers to complain about the chilling effect Cancel Culture can have on the arts. I have some sympathy with her view. Don’t risk sophisticated witticisms. Appease that lowest common denominator that has a bad-faith agenda, or an inability to process irony.

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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.