Politics 20 June 2017 The NS Podcast #221: Special - Writing the Internet Age The New Statesman podcast. GETTY Sign UpGet the New Statesman's Morning Call email. Sign-up Helen and Stephen are joined by the author and editor Andrew O'Hagan, to explore selfhood in the internet era. Who are the slippery figures who populate our online worlds? Will there be a backlash against this new fluidity? And are these trends changing the way novelists write? Plus: why we love Instagram so much. (O'Hagan's most recent book, The Secret Life: Three True Stories, is published by Faber.) Andrew's quotes of the episode: On the shifty nature of his subjects: "I had a pre-disposition to not want to tie everything up, to leave openness to do its magic [...] certainly it seemed I had the right kind of madness for these people." On social media: "I'm interested in this growing sense that privacy is a form of under-handedness - and I think the consequences of that could be massive, especially politically." On the push-back against new, more fluid online expression: "I do think there's already a revival, and in some quarters quite a right-wing revival, wanting community and nationalism and identity politics to be very clear: they want to know exactly who everyone is in the village. There's a danger in that." You can subscribe to the podcast through iTunes here or with this RSS feed: http://rss.acast.com/newstatesman, or listen using the player below. Want to give us feedback on our podcast, or have an idea for something we should cover? Visit newstatesman.com/podcast for more details and how to contact us. › Instagram is a cultural pissing contest – so why does it still make us feel so bad? Subscribe For more great writing from our award-winning journalists subscribe for just £1 per month!