Category Archives: Social commentary

‘I Didn’t Meme to Hurt You’: disagreeing better online

I am facebook friends with people with a very wide range of views: rabid right-wingers and loony lefties and everything in-between. Raving charismatics, fluffy liberals and hard-bitten atheists.  Millie Tants, Chardonnay Socialists and Gary Lagers. Our on-line followers represent to some … Continue reading

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Taking a break from Fakebook – by Jill Rowe

I have not been here. Over the past little while I took a break from Facebook. I’ve not ‘photo-ed’ for Instagram and my tweeting volume has been close to zero.  I have not been here. Why? Because I know that … Continue reading

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Light in the darkness: fighting the misunderstanding and stigma of mental illness – by Giles Fraser

Carrie Fisher was more than a princess. At the age of 24 she was diagnosed with bi-polar disorder – or manic depression as it used to be called. And throughout the rest of her life she fought to demystify this … Continue reading

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Hallow’een, Selfish G’een – by Lizzie Schofield

Nothing puts me in a bad mood like Hallow’een. Apart from the whole ‘celebration of evil’ thing, it’s so ubiquitous. Even Facebook won’t let me do a ‘sad face’ anymore. Instead I get a Frankenstein head. For a start, this … Continue reading

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Disagreeing well is good for us (far better than echo-chambers which just reinforce what we already believe)

It has been a fascinating seeing the reaction to the article written by my old school friend, Nick Miles’ on why he is voting for Trump. One of my cousins texted me and said ‘Oh Jon, what have you unleashed on … Continue reading

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We need more silence in our lives

“In modern culture, it almost seems like silence is extinct. We have given noise our consent to fill every moment of life. And it’s not just sonic noise, but even the mental noise that comes from constant entertainment. Through our smartphones, … Continue reading

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Beach-body ready or not, the real winners are the advertising industry

Protein World’s ‘Are you Beach Body Ready?’ adverts have created a massive row. In among the countless adverts that commuters are pummeled by, these posters immediately struck me as unusually crass and objectionable. So I was not that surprised to see … Continue reading

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Making the world a better place, one commuter at a time

Anyone who commutes into central London can bear testimony to the daily struggle it brings. Packed trains, late cancellations and staff specially trained to make announcements as confusing as possible all contribute to the challenges.  My no.1 gripe is passengers who can’t be … Continue reading

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‘I fully sympathise with Stephen Fry’ – by Alan Jonas

In early February, Stephen Fry was in the news, and all over the internet, for declaring if there was a God, he would be “utterly, utterly evil.” Fry was reacting to a question from Irish TV presenter, Gay Byrne: “What would … Continue reading

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How do you solve a problem like Jeremy Clarkson? A positive proposal to the BBC – by Jonathan Chilvers

Dear Tony Hall, Director General of the BBC, So next week you have got to decide what you’re going to do about Jeremy Clarkson. On the one hand, you want him to continue heading up one of the BBC’s most successful shows … Continue reading

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