How the Internet divides us

Have you ever been on holiday and, despite traveling thousands of miles, you meet some people who are also from your town? You end up getting along really well and spend the majority of the holiday with them. It might be another couple who you go to restaurants with, a group of likeminded lads or […]






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Why does politics bring out the worst in us?

Politics in the UK and the US has arguably never been more divisive and ugly, from all ends of the political spectrum. I’ve written before about why it is we can think so differently to each other, and today wanted to focus on why this can lead politics to get so nasty, dishonest and even […]






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The generation that can’t compete

I stumbled upon an interesting article this week, the cliff notes of which were a group of interns at a company did not like wearing formal clothes at work, so they (all but one of them) started a petition to change the company dress code. They were called into a meeting, which they assumed was […]






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A Retweet is not a character reference

Without doubt my biggest personal gripe with the the combination of short attention spans, social media consumption and increasingly polarised politics, is what I call the preemptive ad hominem attack (I’m working on a catchier name). This describes the inevitable moment when you share an article, or a comment, or a poll, or a statistic, or […]






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The more offensive, the funnier the joke?

I previously wrote about how there is no such thing as an inoffensive joke. The logical next question would therefore be, is a joke funnier when it is more offensive? Is offense a side effect, or a necessity? There are numerous theories of what makes humor work, but the one I like the most is the […]






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