Internet

Word of the week: dot

31 March 2018 9:00 am

With the sensation produced by hearing one’s name, I jumped when I saw mine on a poster advertising an Amazon…

The vlogging fantasy that bewitches our children

24 March 2018 9:00 am

My friend’s ten-year-old daughter has a new hobby. Like many of her school pals, she hopes to become a video…

It’s not all Twitter mobs – the internet can be a force for good

3 March 2018 9:00 am

Few readerships of any intelligent national magazine will be more alive to the perils and downsides of 21st–century cyber-life than…

The joy of YouTube is that the content created is content-free

24 February 2018 9:00 am

None of us is above YouTube, and nothing is beneath it. We have of course all long since submitted to…

Compulsory subtitles? I read ‘em and weep

6 January 2018 9:00 am

Compulsory subtitles are driving me mad

The inventions (and Welsh rarebit mix) that will change your life

2 December 2017 9:00 am

At last. And just what you’ve been waiting for. The official Wiki Man guide to the best gadgets and gizmos…

Letters: how the internet became the great polariser

21 October 2017 9:00 am

The great divider Sir: Niall Ferguson (‘Tech vs Trump’, 14 October) draws a parallel between the Reformation — powered by the…

Tales of three cities

5 August 2017 9:00 am

Remember Douglas Coupland? Remember Tama Janowitz? Remember Lisa St Aubin de Terán? Banana Yoshimoto? Françoise Sagan? The voice of your…

How internet paywalls are making us all dumber

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…

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…