Matt Johnson of The The, photo by John Claridge

“I just got a bit fed up with singing and dancing for other people’s profit” – interview with The The’s Matt Johnson

Earlier this year, with Theresa May putting troops on the street during a general election campaign in the UK, I got in touch with The The’s management to see if Matt Johnson might share his thoughts on the political situation…

Thirty years of watching The Fall

Thirty years of watching The Fall

It’s an amazing anniversary today. No, not two months since I last updated my blog. It’s thirty years since I first saw The Fall play live. It’s a gig that has lived long in the memory. I must have seen…

The ‘alt-left’ media, memes, algorithms, and the price of the MSM not taking the internet seriously

A couple of very good pieces about the impact of online activity on elections that I recommend you take a bit of time to read. First up, Jim Waterson with “The Rise Of The Alt-Left British Media” It’s a look…

(L-R) My dad, James, some bloke a couple of rows back, and me, at Leyton Orient on Boxing Day 2016

What if taking my son to Leyton Orient is ruining football for him?

A couple of weeks ago my wife and children had just landed in Cyprus, and she texted me: “On the bus to the hotel – we’re the first stop – thank God! Flight was fine – no bumps. James wants…

I’m Martin Belam! You might know me from such internet projects as…

My name is Martin Belam and I’m about to become Social & New Formats Editor at the Guardian and you might be thinking “Who is this bozo and what the hell is that all about” So, by way of a…

Friday Reading S02E09

Friday Reading S02E09

*sings* It’s some stuff 🎶 I read 🎶 That you might like 🎶 Or not. *ends singing* “After all this, you still think you want to be an information architect because you are in love with the idea of spreading…