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Amelia Tait is a freelance journalist, and was previously the New Statesman's tech and digital culture writer. She tweets at @ameliargh
The nation delights at giving imaginary oranges to imaginary orphans, but doesn’t dare dream of creating a better life for everyone.
I found myself accidentally walking through an anti-Brexit protest in Trafalgar Square munching a Marks & Spencer sandwich.
Dressing like a librarian suddenly seems so right.
I am disheartened by how certain everyone seems, all the time.
Their messages are rarely threatening, strange, or sexually forward – they’re simply there.
The online reaction to Jade: The Reality Star Who Changed Britain proves we still can’t think critically about how reality TV turns ordinary people into heroes and villains.
“All of us are doing what we can to find the good bits in a scary world – and for some people, that’s Disney.”
Thanks to the internet, I now know that there is a person in the world who can read about the death of ten-year-old Darlyn Cristabel Cordova-Valle from El Salvador and reply “bummer”.
My babcia had many stories to tell, but the treatment that she and other Poles received in India teaches us a lesson that’s needed now more than ever.