Social media

‘The medium is the message’ has never been truer than it is now

25 November 2017 9:00 am

The medium is the message Sir: In his piece about the tech-savvy Labour party, Robert Peston writes: ‘A party’s values…

Politics is now a digital arms race, and Labour is winning

18 November 2017 9:00 am

Elections are now lost or won on social media – and the Tories have barely logged on

Ignore the Twitter cry-bully brigade – on social media, you reap what you sow

4 November 2017 9:00 am

The nastiest person on Twitter has quit Twitter. Because I’m so generous I shan’t mention his name. All I’ll say…

The tech giants have become publishing tycoons. Let’s have laws to deal with them

14 October 2017 9:00 am

The giants of the internet have long said that they are not publishers but mere platforms — or couriers —…

We need more Rees-Mogg, less Yvette Cooper

30 September 2017 9:00 am

I think this week marks my 40th anniversary as a Spectator columnist, but I’m not 100 per cent certain. All…

Twitter trolls made a sporting tragedy so much worse

16 September 2017 9:00 am

Racing moves off the back pages only when its opponents have bad news to gloat over. Two examples lately have…

Usain Bolt and the sporting legends who went out with a whimper

12 August 2017 9:00 am

Out with a whimper Usain Bolt managed only a bronze in his last appearance in the 100 metres at the…

Snobbery in the age of social media

12 August 2017 9:00 am

We like to think we have moved on from the age of snobbery. Judging others by birth or status, or…

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…

Letters: declinism and the backward character of British education

15 July 2017 9:00 am

Technical education Sir: I am grateful to Robert Tombs for highlighting the baleful use of ‘declinism’ as part of the…

Let's keep up the Moggmentum

15 July 2017 9:00 am

‘We need to talk about why the internet is falling in love with Jacob Rees-Mogg, because it’s not OK,’ warns…

Where are the right-wing masses demanding a second election?

17 June 2017 9:00 am

The Conservative party lost the general election, even if they are still in power (at time of writing). It was…

Why targeted political advertising is not to be trusted

20 May 2017 9:00 am

When you get into a taxi, there’s usually a framed sheet of paper describing what you pay for your trip:…

Until the election is over, anti-social media is best avoided

22 April 2017 9:00 am

Until the election is over, it’s best avoided

‘Donald Trump? How can anyone exist and be so dumb?’

15 April 2017 8:00 am

Howard Jacobson talks about his new novel, a hypothetical exploration of the US President’s childhood

The importance of being trolled

25 March 2017 9:00 am

In social media’s strange class system, victimhood belongs to those at the top

My advice to Trump: study President Nixon’s fall

11 February 2017 9:00 am

When I was young my recurring nightmare was that I would die and be reincarnated as a polo pony. I…

Protest and petition all you like. I won't bother listening

4 February 2017 9:00 am

I think on balance I would prefer people to demonstrate their opposition to political developments — Brexit, the forthcoming state…

What was Joseph Goebbels’s secretary really like?

4 February 2017 9:00 am

As if on cue, The World At One on Monday (Radio 4) ended with a short (too short) interview with…

How to put a positive spin on this bizarre year

10 December 2016 9:00 am

This is going to be a positive, optimistic column. I promise. Because, look, let’s be honest, I’ve been a bit…

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…

Prepare to tiptoe around generation snowflake in the workplace

3 December 2016 9:00 am

Last week I was asked to give a talk about generation snowflake. This was at a breakfast organised by a…

How Donald Trump found the thermal exhaust port on the liberal Death Star

19 November 2016 9:00 am

Rory Sutherland is vice-chairman of Ogilvy Group UK.

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…