We’re hypnotised by the social media giants. We’ve convinced ourselves they’re impossible to deal with. They’re not.

The more frantic we become about the wickedness and power of the platforms, the more we confirm that power. The more action we demand of police and legislators, the more we confirm their exceptional status, their transcendence. The standard position now —in the mainstream anyway?—?is that the social media platforms ‘wield too much power’, that… Continue reading We’re hypnotised by the social media giants. We’ve convinced ourselves they’re impossible to deal with. They’re not.

Seven things I learnt from the British Library’s Magna Carta show

The British Library has a terrific, totally absorbing show about Magna Carta – which is the cornerstone of world democracy or a sort of baronial shopping list weirdly granted in a field by a King who didn’t mean it – depending on your perspective. It includes two original 1215 manuscripts and dozens of other beautiful… Continue reading Seven things I learnt from the British Library’s Magna Carta show