Social media

Barometer

12 August 2017 9:00 am

Out with a whimper Usain Bolt managed only a bronze in his last appearance in the 100 metres at the…

Snobbery in the age of social media

12 August 2017 9:00 am

We like to think we have moved on from the age of snobbery. Judging others by birth or status, or…

The right kind of dumbing down

29 July 2017 9:00 am

Thanks to meteoric advances in computational power, it is now possible to take abundant data from a wide range of…

Let’s keep up the Moggmentum

15 July 2017 9:00 am

‘We need to talk about why the internet is falling in love with Jacob Rees-Mogg, because it’s not OK,’ warns…

Letters

13 July 2017 1:00 pm

Technical education Sir: I am grateful to Robert Tombs for highlighting the baleful use of ‘declinism’ as part of the…

Joan Collins: The celebrity trend I just can’t stand

21 May 2016 9:00 am

Not only are today’s young girls having to work hard on their abs, butts and glutes, now the likes of…

Nicholas Soames’s Twitter account is a miracle (and so is his diet)

21 May 2016 9:00 am

Miracles are not ceased. A few years ago, a kindly educational therapist took pity on John Prescott and set out…

The vaping craze isn’t about nicotine. It’s about gadgets

14 May 2016 9:00 am

Probably you never visited the flats of middle-class student drug dealers in the 1990s, because crikey, neither did I, and…

The internet’s war on free speech

14 May 2016 9:00 am

The web was meant to empower us all. Right now, it’s empowering censors

I have seen the future, and it’s a racist, filthy-mouthed teenage robot

2 April 2016 9:00 am

‘I’m a nice person,’ said the robot. ‘I just hate everybody.’ Maybe you know the feeling. The robot in question…

Why Joan Bakewell must be right about anorexia

19 March 2016 9:00 am

You can always tell when a public figure has said something with the ring of truth about it by the…

What happened when my son went to school as Goldilocks

12 March 2016 9:00 am

Whenever I hear a leftie complain about being abused on Twitter, I think: ‘You should try being me.’ A case…

The sad decline of the teenage snog

27 February 2016 9:00 am

Sometimes I sit my nieces down and treat them to tales of dating in the dark ages, before iPhones arrived…

Long before Twitter, Wogan offered continuous conversation

6 February 2016 9:00 am

For once, the superlatives that have greeted Terry Wogan’s death from cancer have been entirely in keeping with the man.…

2016 will be a vintage year for tech billionaires and jihadis

2 January 2016 9:00 am

This is going to be one hell of a year, hell being the operative word. It will be the year…

A Christmas parable from the Spectator’s business editor

12 December 2015 9:00 am

  I thought you might enjoy a little parable for Christmas, so here goes… The boardroom clock said twelve minutes…

Enjoy the food, not the Twitter feed

28 November 2015 9:00 am

Twitter and Instagram can ruin culinary pleasure, says Bee Wilson

Ian Rankin’s diary: Paris, ignoring Twitter and understanding evil

21 November 2015 9:00 am

After ten days away, I spent last Friday at home alone, catching up on washing, shopping for cat food, answering…

The most dangerous word in the digital world is 'send'

14 November 2015 9:00 am

Those who forget the pasta are condemned to reheat it, tweeted Jon Ronson, a man I’d never heard of until…

Maybe bitcoin isn’t the work of the devil, after all

7 November 2015 9:00 am

I confess to being an out-and-out Luddite when it comes to bitcoin and other so-called crypto-currencies. To the extent that…

Women’s issues are for everyone now, not just feminists

24 October 2015 9:00 am

‘Women’s issues’ are for everyone. So feminism is obsolete

Isis takes its British schoolgirl jihadis seriously. Why don’t we?

10 October 2015 9:00 am

When the first schoolgirls ran away to Isis I had some sympathy for them — at least, I could see…

The problem with Jeremy Corbyn’s populist media-loathing

19 September 2015 8:00 am

The new leader walks across a bridge, in the dark, while the journalist asks him questions. He’s not shouting, this…

A lesson in graceful Twitter style – from a resigning shadow minister

19 September 2015 8:00 am

‘Tweeting’s like text messaging, isn’t it?’ said my husband confidently, though not, as usual, from any knowledge of the matter.…

Email needs eugenics

12 September 2015 9:00 am

You won’t read much about Sir Francis Galton nowadays because, while it’s inarguable that the man was a giant in…