We did this, they did that #3

It’s number 3 in my increasingly regular blog post series of stuff-I-thought-you-should-read. I mean, you don’t have to. I’m just saying you might enjoy it. OK?

We did this…

Abi Wilkinson interviewed the would-be Labour MP who might unseat Nick Clegg. And then Bez.

Helena Horton on how damaging media speculation about Kristen Stewart’s sexuality is.

The Daily Mash did a brilliant joke about Lovejoy joining the Marvel Universe but Ed Jefferson went one better and proved that he was already canonical in it.

I wrote this and even I was staggered at the disparity in the numbers. Watch the Premier League’s TV billions rack up in real-time compared to the living wage which most of them don’t pay their lowest paid staff.

…they did that

Jon Ronson on how being on the receiving end of a Twitter storm ruined Justine Sacco’s life. Includes an awesome assessment of the early years of news in the colonies:

“For the first hundred years, as far as I could tell, all that happened in America was that various people named Nathaniel had purchased land near rivers.”

It’s also worth reading Sam Biddle’s apology to Justine.

And talking of people not withering under an unrelenting barrage of Twitter shitstorm attention: “I’m Brianna Wu, And I’m Risking My Life Standing Up To Gamergate”

Ethics in journalism klaxon: This looks like an excellent report from the Tow Center “Lies, Damn Lies and Viral Content” although as ever it is always disconcerting to see someone write 150+ academic pages which includes conclusions based on your own throwaway “Yeah, quick, get that Banksy debunk story up Sophie” decisions.

Excellent look at how the internet is helping women find a voice in football. See, it’s not all bad, m’kay?

My personal highlight

This poll.

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Friends in the media, in the media

Abi versus a cranky old man who has some rather odd ideas about rape and consent on London Live.

Mary Hamilton with a very emotive interview about self-harm on Woman’s Hour from about 15 minutes in.

Steve Strange (1959-2015)