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. Sign up here. It has been the Guardian’s 200th…

14 months later…

I went into town on Sunday. Before we start, this isn’t one of those “I was out doing something perfectly allowable under the Covid regulations and I saw other people doing something perfectly allowable under the Covid regulations and WHAT…

Happy birthday to the Guardian!

The Guardian is 200 years old today and there’s lots of stuff online to celebrate it. As I see it… STEP ONE: Start a radical campaigning newspaper in Manchester. STEP TWO: In two hundred years time, have some rando writing…

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. 🆕The Clientele Suburban Light…

Friday Reading S11E18

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. Sign up here. There’s some great but poignant lines…

I am very excited that I am starting a new series at the Guardian which will allow me to shout “DO MY QUIZ!” at you rudely every Thursday lunchtime. My mantra for writing Guardian quizzes is that you want *most*…

Friday Reading S11E17

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. Sign up here. “An open letter to The Sunday…

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. Sign up here. “The whole affair is a perfect…

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

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…