Dispatches from the front line of the internet


What are "matters of conscience" in a non-religious country?
By Alex Hern - 11 December 19:57

It takes religion for parliament to accept that an MP might have a conscience.

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Mogulgeddon: Alan Sugar and Donald Trump compete to be most childish tycoon on the internet
By Alex Hern - 07 December 10:32

It's mogul v mogul on the highways of the internets.

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FT loses its motherloving mind with ill-advised rap-themed front page opinion piece
By Alex Hern - 06 December 11:30

"Stay Middling And Retire Disappointed"

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It's official: Panorama is the least funny program on iPlayer
By Alex Hern - 05 December 17:12

Tell iPlayer your mood, and it can now tell you what to watch.

Belgian university tells students: don't wear dresses or you might get raped
By Alex Hern - 28 November 17:21

Only this time, the advice was aimed at the male students.

Is Venus the two-faced cat really a chimera?
By Alex Hern - 28 November 11:26

Genetics explained, with added kittens.

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One reason why there's so few women in games. And another. And another…
By Alex Hern - 27 November 15:56

The video games industry is not the friendliest of places for women.

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Wall Street Titan lets you be a giant deathbot fighting bankers
By Alex Hern - 22 November 13:38

The 99% has 100% of the massive robots.

American GQ's Men of the Year covers – spot the odd one out. Again.
By Alex Hern - 20 November 16:00

One of these things is not like the others.

Sally Bercow's former twitter page.
Sally Bercow aptly demonstrates that media laws are designed for a different century
By Alex Hern - 20 November 13:44

"Don't break this law which we can't tell you."

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Tech has a white dude problem, and it doesn't get better by not talking about it
By Alex Hern - 19 November 13:41

The organisers of the British Ruby Conference have cancelled the event due to their failure to invite a diverse speaker line-up.

Hasbro: Being a boy is normal, being a girl is a "characteristic"
By Alex Hern - 16 November 12:52

Guess Who should get better PR.

We should be glad the PCC elections are so dull
By Alex Hern - 16 November 11:54

Which of the nebulous promises of less crime and more policemen enthuses you to turn up to vote?

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"Fake" Nerd Girls, "Whores", and Sexism
By Mariah Huehner - 15 November 12:29

Dirk Manning is wrong: there is no doubt that the fake geek girl meme exists to specifically criticise women.

Why I want balance on climate change coverage
By Alex Hern - 14 November 12:59

Debate versus "debate".

Nerds: Stop hating women, please
By Alex Hern - 13 November 16:50

One comic creator's rant is just the latest example of misogyny in geek culture.

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Watch: President Obama's thank-you speech to his Chicago campaign staff
By Alex Hern - 09 November 10:28

The president seems like a nice sort of guy, really.

ComfortablySmug's twitter homepage.
BuzzFeed doxxes the Hurricane Sandy twitter troll
By Alex Hern - 30 October 17:47

This time, the critics are silent.

Fortnum and Mason launches "privilege spread"
By Alex Hern - 30 October 13:04

"Its plummy overtones and peerless, classless claret is attractive to aristocrats and artisans alike."

China's People's Daily plagiarises article attacking NYT for plagiarism
By Alex Hern - 29 October 15:48

The NYT has made enemies. Powerful, incompetent enemies.

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Beautiful comic illustrates ugliness of capitalism
By Alex Hern - 26 October 12:56

John Riordan's "Capital City" reads like a child's fairytale, but looks like a fever dream.

My night slaying vampires
By Alex Hern - 23 October 11:35

Alex Hern isn't a born vampire slayer, though he's watched a lot of Buffy. How did he get on fighting a coven of them in Islington?

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Review: Journalism
By Alex Hern - 23 October 10:29

Is the greatest barrier to comics journalism its necessary subjectivity, or is it something else?

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Missouri priest's homophobic speech has a surprisingly heartwarming twist
By Alex Hern - 20 October 10:17

Saying more than that would give the game away...

As Facebook turns off facial recognition in Europe, is this the start of a change for the company?
By Alex Hern - 15 October 16:18

Meet the new social network, not quite the same as the old social network.