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Dr Michael Fitzpatrick
Monday 8 April 2013
Asking a teenager to do an adult’s job
The outrage over sweary teen-twitterer Paris Jones tells us far more about the crisis of adulthood than uncouth yoof.
Monday 28 January 2013
The tragedy of the creative commons
Portraying Aaron Swartz as a victim of government bullying will not help the cause of internet freedom.
Thursday 13 December 2012
We’re no longer citizens, we’re suspects
The new Communications Data Bill continues the trend away from privacy to giving the state full access to our private lives.
Tuesday 23 October 2012
The Twittermob is watching you, too
The twitch-hunt of far-right nutjob Nick Griffin over one daft tweet has frightening implications for us all.
Friday 7 September 2012
The staggeringly pretentious footballer
The Secret Footballer
reveals more about today’s elite loathing of football players and fans than it does the dark reality of the beautiful game.
Tuesday 28 August 2012
Retweeting: the new 999
The arrest of a man for tweeting at footballer Carlton Cole shows the Twittersphere has become a hive of grasses.
Wednesday 4 July 2012
A tale of two
To be consistently liberal, the Twitterati should defend drunken racists as well as airport jokers.
Monday 11 June 2012
It’s easy to blame Facebook for our reveal-all culture. The harder question is: why do we willingly reveal so much?
Wednesday 9 May 2012
Beware the celebrity
Thin-skinned celebs whining about being bullied by internet ‘trolls’ pave the way for online censorship.
Thursday 5 April 2012
Why the hate for Samantha Brick?
She may have written a deluded article about being drop-dead gorgeous, but does that really deserve the twittered spleen?
Wednesday 28 March 2012
...but tweets will never hurt me
The imprisonment of a UK student for posting ‘aggravating’ tweets about an ill footballer is no LOL matter.
Thursday 22 March 2012
Why clicktivism now makes us switch off
President Obama is better than most politicians at exploiting social media, but even he can fall victim to mocking memes.
Thursday 15 March 2012
Free speech on Facebook? Think again
The prosecution of a teenager for sounding off about British soldiers on Facebook should be of concern to us all.
Wednesday 15 February 2012
Facebook valuation: $100 billion for
Yes, if FB were a country it would be the third largest. It would also be the most unproductive country ever.
Friday 13 May 2011
The PR-free glory of the footballers’ twitterverse
Thanks to Twitter, footballers and fans are finally getting up close and occasionally personal. But how long will it last?
Monday 31 January 2011
Facebook does not make you mentally ill
Some experts now claim that social networking is turning us into a nation of nutters. It’s therapeutic drivel.
Tuesday 18 January 2011
Tunisians don’t need advice from the Twittering classes
The inspiring uprising springs from people’s aspiration for real freedom, not from Western Wikileakers revealing ‘the truth’ to Africans.
Wednesday 5 January 2011
Can the police solve a murder on Facebook?
The media circus surrounding the Joanna Yeates case reveals what can happen when a murder inquiry gets mixed up with a PR campaign.
Monday 18 October 2010
Facebook: the heart in a heartless world
David Fincher’s brilliant
The Social Network
teases out what is driving the FB juggernaut: our need for narrative.
Wednesday 14 April 2010
What this Twitterstorm reveals about Labour
Stuart MacLennan’s real crime was to spout Labour’s prejudices against chavs and old people in an uncouth way.
23 May 2013
Woolwich: a knife crime, not an act of war
23 May 2013
Liberty comes out
against press liberty
24 May 2013:
: as sweet, and sickly, as barbecue chicken
17 May 2013:
Don Draper: it’s time to buck your ideas up
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