"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 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….

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 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

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…

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 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…

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 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….

Friday Reading S11E11

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 watched Wandavision. Sign up here. I…

I bought a new Mac towards the end of last year which meant I had to make a choice between getting one of the last of the Intel lines or one of the first of the new Apple silicon ones,…