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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…

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Trump’s social media ban sets a dangerous precedent

10 January 2021 4:11 am

Facebook and Twitter’s decision to suspend Donald Trump is, legally speaking, fairly clear-cut. Both are private companies which set the…

‘The internet raised me’: the strange world of online star Belle Delphine

12 December 2020 9:00 am

Meet Belle Delphine, the pink-haired online sensation

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Twitter is in China’s pocket

3 December 2020 6:01 am

Twitter has been quick on the draw when responding to tweets by President Trump in the last month, as he…

The dangers of censoring anti-vaxxers

21 November 2020 9:00 am

Earlier this week, the Labour party wrote to the government urging it to bring forward legislation so that social media…

Why New Yorkers are fleeing the city in droves

7 November 2020 9:00 am

New York Back when people used to read newspapers, they called it a ‘human interest’ story. Now it appears as…

The dismal rise of the modern elopement

15 August 2020 9:00 am

I didn’t realise how attached I was to the traditional British wedding — the whole messy, pricey, drunken business —…

How many people would refuse a Covid vaccine?

25 July 2020 9:00 am

Worth a shot? How worried should we be about people refusing to have a Covid-19 vaccine if one is developed?…

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Facebook is right. Twitter is wrong

29 May 2020 7:46 am

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey opened up a Pandora’s box two days ago by dropping a fact-check on a tweet by…

Fake news is spreading faster than the virus

9 May 2020 9:00 am

The uncontainable spread of fake coronavirus news

I've lost patience with podcasts and their presenters

24 April 2020 11:00 pm

‘To be recognised and accepted by a peregrine,’ wrote J.A. Baker in 1967, ‘you must wear the same clothes, travel…

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Twitter is manipulating the election

10 March 2020 9:17 am

Twitter announced last month it would start flagging content the company and moderators decided was manipulated to deceive their users.…

TikTok is the world’s fastest-growing – and goofiest – digital platform, but should we fear it?

18 January 2020 9:00 am

In November last year, an internet video made by a 17-year-old American went viral. The video was less than a…

The new trend for ‘gender reveal’ parties sums up the mood of the past decade

21 December 2019 9:00 am

OMG, the end of the decade is almost here, which means it’s time to start reflecting on what on earth…

Be more carthorse: why we would all benefit from a little self-loathing

16 November 2019 9:00 am

Leaving the auditorium of the Royal Opera House last week after The Sleeping Beauty, I passed a woman taking selfie…