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Gary Marshall
Freelance writer, self-published novelist and unpopular musician
Freelance writer, self-published novelist and unpopular musician

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In the unlikely event you haven't seen me plugging this on Twitter and FB, please allow me to introduce my new band, DMGM. This is the first music I've released in nine years. 

I know I’m usually self-deprecating to the point where I’ll claim everything I’ve ever done is rubbish, but I’m really proud of these songs: David and I have worked really hard on them and put our hearts and souls into the music, and I’d be very grateful to anyone who can help get the music to more people. If you like what you hear I’d really appreciate it if you could share the songs with others.

Incidentally, if anybody’s looking for instrumental music for a video they’re doing, a podcast they’re making, a radio show or whatever, I’m quite happy to get instrumental versions of the songs to you – drop me an email, gary at this website address. And I’d love to hear from anyone with visual ideas to go with the songs, because our video budget is exactly zero.

The link here is to bandcamp, where you can stream, download for free or name your price. Spotify, iTunes, Google Play, Amazon etc links aren't up yet but the music should end up pretty much anywhere you might want to hear music.

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This ties in with something I've been thinking about recently - the horrible misogyny of some parts of the internet - not just things like this, although they're awful, but the below-the-fold horrors of online comment sites too, where the treatment of women beggars belief. I've been trying and failing to write a column about it for months.
Frape isn't funny.

Of course - nipping onto your partner's iPhone and spamming their feed is funny. It can be hilarious. It's the word "frape" that's problematic.

The geek community has form for its casual denigration of the word "rape". I've written about it before (

The "George Lucas raped my childhood" era was the gateway, a decade long cultural erosion of a word's power and weight. The word frape is its apathetic offspring. It's what happens when you forget what words mean. What the actions behind them are. When you stop caring.

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