Social media

A Christmas parable from the Spectator’s business editor

12 December 2015 9:00 am

  I thought you might enjoy a little parable for Christmas, so here goes… The boardroom clock said twelve minutes…

Enjoy the food, not the Twitter feed

28 November 2015 9:00 am

Twitter and Instagram can ruin culinary pleasure, says Bee Wilson

Ian Rankin’s diary: Paris, ignoring Twitter and understanding evil

21 November 2015 9:00 am

After ten days away, I spent last Friday at home alone, catching up on washing, shopping for cat food, answering…

The most dangerous word in the digital world is 'send'

14 November 2015 9:00 am

Those who forget the pasta are condemned to reheat it, tweeted Jon Ronson, a man I’d never heard of until…

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…

Women’s issues are for everyone now, not just feminists

24 October 2015 9:00 am

‘Women’s issues’ are for everyone. So feminism is obsolete

Isis takes its British schoolgirl jihadis seriously. Why don’t we?

10 October 2015 9:00 am

When the first schoolgirls ran away to Isis I had some sympathy for them — at least, I could see…

The problem with Jeremy Corbyn’s populist media-loathing

19 September 2015 8:00 am

The new leader walks across a bridge, in the dark, while the journalist asks him questions. He’s not shouting, this…

A lesson in graceful Twitter style – from a resigning shadow minister

19 September 2015 8:00 am

‘Tweeting’s like text messaging, isn’t it?’ said my husband confidently, though not, as usual, from any knowledge of the matter.…

Email needs eugenics

12 September 2015 9:00 am

You won’t read much about Sir Francis Galton nowadays because, while it’s inarguable that the man was a giant in…

Does anyone else have an upper house as undemocratic as the Lords?

5 September 2015 9:00 am

Peers’ peers Forty-five new peers were created. Are we alone in having an upper house of parliament made up of…

Breast-feeding isn't always best

29 August 2015 9:00 am

New mothers who can’t keep to the breast-feeding orthodoxy face needless misery and shame

The young are miserable and the old are happy – shouldn’t it be the other way around?

29 August 2015 9:00 am

We learn from a new report that children in England are among the unhappiest in the world — more unhappy,…

Not just a fad: the dangerous reality of 'clean eating'

22 August 2015 9:00 am

The ‘clean eating’ revolution is more likely to make you ill than healthy

Why MPs have a duty to resist online petitions

15 August 2015 9:00 am

It is the duty of MPs to resist Twitter storms and online petitions

You can do anything (but you shouldn’t): the brave new world of internet morality

25 July 2015 9:00 am

Going online does not make you invisible – as the adulterers who used the hacked site Ashley Madison are discovering

The brave thing now: don’t write about your death

25 July 2015 9:00 am

In the social media age, breaking ‘the last taboo’ is de rigueur

Smartphones are wonderful – until they take over your life

25 July 2015 9:00 am

The smart phone is a wonderful thing. We are never out of touch anymore, neither with friends nor with the…

Adultery websites should be as unacceptable as race-hate websites

13 June 2015 9:00 am

Why don’t more people object to online promotion of adultery?

Peter Oborne’s diary: My Pakistan cricket tour, and what the ‘no’ campaign needs

6 June 2015 9:00 am

For the first time since the terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team six years ago, a Test match side…

Eritrean migrants face many dangers. Are we one of them?

6 June 2015 9:00 am

A few weeks ago someone very dear to me passed on a question about The Spectator, asked them by a…

Why I joined the smiley-face cult

6 June 2015 9:00 am

Why my generation has fallen for the smiley-face cult

Why American psychoanalysts are an endangered species

25 April 2015 9:00 am

America’s psychoanalysts are becoming an endangered species

How (and why) we lie to ourselves about opinion polls

28 March 2015 9:00 am

A strange ritual takes place on Twitter most evenings at around 10.30 p.m. Hundreds of political anoraks start tweeting the…

This terrifying book puts me off going online ever again —except maybe to Ocado — says India Knight

21 March 2015 9:00 am

Jeremy Clarkson has been getting it in the neck from Twitter’s (I was going to say) tricoteuses — but social…