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Eleanor Peake is the New Statesman’s social media editor.
This summer, Sheeran ended the biggest tour in history in the town of Ipswich, complete with pop-up merch shops and a museum dedicated to the life and times of the global superstar.
This contemporary reinvention of the classic tale is steeped in teenage intensity.
Boris Johnson has been elected Conservative leader, defeating Jeremy Hunt with 66.4 per cent of the vote. The internet responds.
Each week, Waterloo Community Counselling helps over 270 people in up to 27 languages – from Cantonese to Kurdish Sorani. One of the last services of its kind, it, too, is now threatened with closure.
The popularity of the chat website has waned, but the search for emotional connection in digital anonymity endures today.
"It’s about letting people know, look, we are just like them.”
In the words of Ian Malcolm, it seems that Facebook was so focused on seeing if it could, it never stopped to ask if it should.
Some of the online right’s most prolific gatekeepers are barely teenagers.
The fandom conflict is wrapped up in identity politics, nostalgia, and the search for belonging in a fragile monarchy.