BY JAMES BEMBRIDGE With every beat the thuds sound wetter. Once the scene comes into focus, we see the source of this conduction: a golf club, and this is the symphony of some poor sap who has found himself on the wrong end of it. Unpleasant though the image may be, it is not the act of murder in this leaked game footage that is … Continue reading Gorgons of Gamergate
Rural internet: a slower pace of life, but not in a good way Part of the joy of living in the countryside is remaining a few steps out of sync with the modern world, in splendid isolation. While they whizz busily head, we’re usually content to trot along at a slower pace, enjoying time-honoured traditions and basking in the glory of nature. But there are … Continue reading Rural Internet
BY DOMINIC WIGHTMAN Attend an Extinction Rebellion meeting and there are dozens of iPhones and laptops on show. Did you know you can buy Extinction Rebellion decals to stick on your car bumper – you know, near the exhaust pipe? Visit the anti-capitalists at Momentum headquarters and the place is more dripping in capitalist tech than you’d imagine. There’s a Fairtrade café in Bristol cram-packed … Continue reading Machine Hypocrisy
BY BEN EVERITT HS2 Ltd continues to cause outrage and disbelief in my part of the countryside with ‘enabling works’ and ‘de-vegetation’. Somehow contractors are allowed to continue the project’s environmental vandalism, even though the whole caper is currently officially on hold. It’s a monumental waste of money and it’s an answer to a question that no-one’s asking. When I travel to London for work … Continue reading End HS2 – the Countryside Vandal
BY TARQUIN SUTHERLAND “I am not a number, I am a free man!” So began the seminal 60s TV series, The Prisoner. Upon recently revisiting this evermore prescient work by the sorely missed Patrick McGoohan, I was struck by the thought; ‘I wonder what he witnessed?’, as it is chock full of the echoes of future-shock. “Be seeing you” the characters chirpily say to one … Continue reading Big Tech Too Big
Country life is the only life I could imagine. As much interest as the city can hold when it comes to newer developments, living in it is not a price which I, or many others, would pay to enjoy such rarities. Instead, I’ve found a lot of luck recently turning to more technological solutions. It requires a little knowledge work getting here, for sure, but … Continue reading Getting Ahead to Enjoy the Classics at a Distance
BY THE EDITOR A few weeks ago I was having a cup of tea with some Monitoring BDS ladies in Hampstead – those brave souls who attend Corbyn meetings and video antisemitism from the Hard Left. I asked them why their output on Twitter was so hard to locate, whereas their Facebook pages seemed easy to find and were always replete with content. And their immediate … Continue reading Badge of Honour
BY JAMIE FOSTER Currently government proposals are being considered that would prevent online trolls who intimidate election candidates or campaigners from standing for public office. The length of a ban from standing for or holding public office will be part of a consultation. At present in extreme cases of intimidation there are jail sentences available for those who commit these offences. It feels like this … Continue reading Trolls Banned from Public Office?
BY CRYPTO Humans are essentially tribal, people with similar traits and beliefs group together. You can see this played out on the Internet every day. It’s very clear. Ancient humans understood this early on and realised if you can set the base axioms for a group, the narrative, i.e. answer the mother of all questions, what’s the meaning of life. Then you can control and … Continue reading Why the Hysteria?
BY PAUL ELLIS In today’s world it seems that our lives and everything we do are captured digitally. Nothing we do can escape ‘Big Brother’. You make a quick call to a friend, your service provider knows where you are as your phone connects to three mobile phone masts. If you use Google they also know your exact location within 50 metres, something not known … Continue reading Becoming Digitally Invisible
BY MATTHEW CORRIGAN I don’t like Facebook. I don’t like the insidious way it has crept into every aspect of our social lives, I don’t like that it has succeeded in turning invite into a noun and inbox into a verb and I don’t like the way it has democratised stupidity. hun x Yet with all the shabby hypocrisy of an A-list celebrity preaching about … Continue reading Facebook No Mindbender
BY MANDY BALDWIN What is it with Twitter? As a forum for public speech – which it purports to be – it’s inadequate, when you think about it. Anyone worth their salt gets suspended eventually and staff have been covertly filmed gleefully discussing their tactics for crushing dissent, or wrongthink, which, along with Hate Speech, must stand as a concept scary enough to have the … Continue reading The Silencing