It is a monochrome world

It is a monochrome world

The best thing about this genuine exchange is you know that the person getting into trouble will be the social media manager admitting they are finding the site harder to use in public, rather than the people who decided they…

Complaints about complaints at the BBC

Complaints about complaints at the BBC

This weekend seems to be a good time to remember that I used to be the new media department producer on the BBC Complaints online website in 2005, and that I do not do that job anymore. Look, if you…

"Is it bad that my terrible ideas sound like those of a Nazi comic super-villain? No! It is the comic writer who is in the wrong"

Friday Reading S11E15

Friday Reading is a weekly series of recommended reads from the Guardian’s Martin Belam, covering journalism, media and technology, and other interesting nerdy things. It is now in its eleventh season and is stuffed full of chocolate. Sign up here….

The railway boys

So it is as we get older that we get less patient with people doing dumb things on the internet and one of the things that has got my ire at the moment is the comments in a railway Facebook…

Friday Reading S11E14

Friday Reading S11E14

Friday Reading is a weekly series of recommended reads from the Guardian’s Martin Belam, covering journalism, media and technology, and other interesting nerdy things. It is now in its eleventh season and has never been stuck in a canal. Sign…

A one-line review of every #TimsTwitterListeningParty I joined in March 2021

A one-line review of every #TimsTwitterListeningParty I joined in March 2021

Nobody has asked for this. Tough luck. It’s a monthly series now. I’ve marked LPs that I’d never heard the whole way through before with a 🆕 icon. The links (mostly) go to the album on Spotify. Gang Of Four Solid…

Excess savings

You know a phrase that has been doing the rounds in news coverage that has been grinding my gears? “Excess savings”. “Excess savings” as in “Economists at Deutsche Bank have revised upwards their estimates of the total pool of excess…

Friday Reading S11E13

Friday Reading S11E13

Friday Reading is a weekly series of recommended reads from the Guardian’s Martin Belam, covering journalism, media and technology, and other interesting nerdy things. It is now in its eleventh season and this is the unlucky thirteenth episode. Sign up…

Old man yells at Slack

I’ve spent basically half my adult life on the internet and as I get towards my later years I am becoming increasingly grumpy about the fact that those who fail to learn from internet history are doomed to repeat it….

Friday Reading S11E12

Friday Reading S11E12

Friday Reading is a weekly series of recommended reads from the Guardian’s Martin Belam, covering journalism, media and technology, and other interesting nerdy things. It is now in its eleventh season and still hasn’t had a drink yet this year….