Internet

Donald the Elephant’s days are numbered

28 January 2017 9:00 am

I keep finding myself singing ‘Nellie the elephant’ who, packing her trunk and saying goodbye to the circus, went off…

Happiness is being a Mormon

10 December 2016 9:00 am

Here we go again, my 40th Christmas column in a row, and it seems only two weeks ago that I…

Are white nationalists about to take over the US? Not bloody likely

3 December 2016 9:00 am

Richard Spencer made the front page of the New York Times two days in a row last week, and earned…

Trump, the pick-up artist who seduced America

26 November 2016 9:00 am

Many years ago, when I was a mere slip of a features journalist, I spent a weekend learning how to…

Herzog leaves us as anxious and uncertain as we are thrilled: Lo and Behold reviewed

29 October 2016 9:00 am

As a documentary-maker, Werner Herzog is a master of tone. His widely parodied voiceovers — breathy, raspy, ominous — are…

What to eat: Anyone for acid-free snake oil?

22 October 2016 9:00 am

If I were to ask you to name a health problem that affects around seven million people in the UK…

What to eat: Anyone for acid-free snake oil?

22 October 2016 9:00 am

The tradition of charlatans with crackpot theories is nothing new, especially in the world of health, although it wasn’t until…

What really motivates Trustpilot’s Feedback requests

8 October 2016 9:00 am

In olden days, before the internet arrived, shopping was quite simple. You’d go into a shop and buy something, and…

Social media, Michael Gove and me

24 September 2016 9:00 am

The publication of private emails by Colin Powell has spread panic in Washington. Now nobody feels safe. Some prominent people…

It’s fatuous to outlaw an emotion – especially hate

20 August 2016 9:00 am

A man in Austria has been sentenced to three months in prison for posting a picture of his cat on…

The memory gap: how technology took over the mind

13 August 2016 9:00 am

What happens when we outsource part of our brains to the internet?

The gig economy and why steady jobs are more recent than you think

16 July 2016 9:00 am

In the same song where the brilliant lyricist Ian Dury gave the world the couplet, ‘I could be a writer…

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

Online feedback frenzy is killing the art of complaint

26 March 2016 9:00 am

Internet surveys have killed the art of complaint

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…

What do all these evil maniacs have in common?

5 March 2016 9:00 am

More bad publicity for the Islamic State’s ‘Kafir Tiny Tots and Babycare Service’. A burka-clad madwoman wandering through the streets…

Why the World Service is worth every penny

5 March 2016 9:00 am

What makes the World Service so different from the rest of the BBC? I asked Mary Hockaday, the controller of…

Here’s how I would deal with the dorks who spread lies online

27 February 2016 9:00 am

One reason I do not tweet, text, use Facebook or Instagram, and only wield a mobile when a landline is…

A splash of brightness: Terenia Edwards as Pamela in ‘Five Finger Exercise’

Serious, popular art: Peter Shaffer's Five Finger Exercise reviewed

30 January 2016 9:00 am

A beautiful crumbling theatre in Notting Hill is under threat. The Coronet, which bills itself as the Print Room, faces…

The best things in the world have always sprung up by accident. Take the internet, for instance

2 January 2016 9:00 am

Since no one has bothered to ask what my must-read book of last year was I’m going to tell you…

We trust our spies. But we shouldn’t trust this bill

14 November 2015 9:00 am

Were David Cameron in any way adept at spin, it would be tempting to think that the publication of the…

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…

Are we all potential cyberterrorists now?

29 October 2015 9:00 am

Hollywood got there first, of course. Back in 1983, before most of us even learned — then forgot again —…

TalkTalk shows us the internet is only three clicks from anarchy

29 October 2015 9:00 am

I’m not a customer of TalkTalk, the phone company which revealed last week that a hacker had potentially compromised the…

Crowd fever: Hindus at India’s Janmashtami festival form a human pyramid to claim a pot of prize money.

Crowdfunding: gimmick or revolution?

3 October 2015 9:00 am

The pros and cons of equity crowdfunding