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This is what happens when the left loses sight of its history. This is what happens when we make it us against them. When we talk about privilege instead of enabling advantage, this is what happens. This is what happens when we let our sense of individual entitlement become more important to us than the collective good.

This is what happens when peoples with progressive values fragment. This is what happens when you other. If you have forgotten all about class - yet are policing the language of others when they talk about race, gender and sexuality, you asked for this. This is what happens when you enforce instead of argue.

And this, most of all, is what identity politics looks like - whether you're on the left or the right.

We let this happen. It's our problem. It may be too late to fix this peacefully, but we will have to have to unite to fix it at all.

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I was recently challenged on my use of the term "neo-liberal" to describe the thread of self interest that runs through some social justice driven agendas - and retreated, apologising. Now I'm questioning that retreat. I should have just thought it through a bit more. Nancy Fraser has now done exactly that with a look at the  neoliberal co-option of feminism:
Nancy Fraser: A movement that started out as a critique of capitalist exploitation ended up contributing key ideas to its latest neoliberal phase
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Really enjoyed watching The Driver on Amazon last night. A three-part BBC mini-series, it was easily better (IMHO) than lauded US serials like Breaking Bad. It was sincere and real, with natural, outstanding acting instead of iconic grandstanding.

It came out last year so I was keen to find out if a sequel might be in the offing. It turns out that, instead, there will be an American remake - that will expand the original mini into a full series.

At a time when the BBC is under threat from a hostile government, it would seem more important than ever that it leads the way in world-class drama. 

If only it could get the funding that would allow it to compete on that stage.

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Friends is actually better without the laugh track. Especially Phoebe.

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This is what happens when psychopaths have children.

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I think that if I had the chance I'd do exactly the same as +Ben Discoe - park my van on campus and live where I work. Here's A bit of first person insight into the big G. 
Ben Discoe lived at Google HQ for 13 months, in better conditions than most hotels. Here's his story.
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This is what branded content should look like. Film and video maker Spike Jonze gets to do his amazing thing in this supernatural, solo dance sequence - borrowing heavily from his own (16 year old) Weapon of Choice video. Then some perfume brand sticks its logo at the end. 
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Watched The Gamechangers, a BBC drama about the development of GTA: San Andreas. last night. Despite starring Daniel Radcliffe as Rockstar CEO Sam Houser, it was awful. 

Wondered if the source material was any better. 3% of the way through Jacked: The Outlaw Story of Grand Theft Auto there is the following opening to a paragraph:

"Sam's parents bought him every new game machine for home, from the Atari to the Omega and the Spectrum ZX, a popular computer coming out of Dundee, Scotland."

I guess not. A bad movie based on bad journalism.
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Please like and subscribe to this young man. He really needs likes and subscribes.
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Russell Brand passionately backs Labour to unseat "dangerous" Conservative Party. You did register to vote, right?

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Mega-famous, mainstream musos invoke visions of a public sphere using words like "a town hall for creativity" and "inspiring" to describe Kanye's new acquisition Tidal - a high quality streaming service that costs twice as much to subscribe to as any other on the market, and that gives more of that money back to the extraordinarily rich people who back it. 

These people are not artists. They are not the public. They are the capitalist establishment, and they've just found a new way to make sure that more of your money is their money.
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I have a feeling that I'll hate this in two week's time - but right now it's awesome. The Chuckle Brothers as you've never seen them before.
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Tech Journalist, University Lecturer, Independent Scholar, Nextographer
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On G+ I write informally about digital journalism, tech, creativity and social media stuff. From brain to keyboard to screen, folks. Don't judge me for it. Or do judge me, and perish.
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  • University of Manchester
    MA Creative Writing, 2009 - 2011
  • Manchester Metropolitan University
    MA Communication Design, 1991 - 1992
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Copywriting, Journalism, Blogging, Online Journalism, Digital Media, Social Media, Copy Editing, News Writing, Creative Writing, Photoshop, Lecturing, Future Trends, Magazine Articles, Adobe Audition, Adobe Edge, Microsoft Office, InDesign, Mac OS X, Windows, Consumer Insights, Web Design, Flash Animation, Flash, Multimedia Authoring, Training, Presentations, Magazine Writing, Feature Writing, Software Reviews, Product Reviews, Mobile Applications, Mobile Technology, Mobile Internet, Internet, Tablet PC, iPad, Apple Software, Futures, Audacity,Fruity Loops, Thought Leadership, Podcasting, Podcast Production, Humor Writing, Open Source Software, White Papers, Computer Literate, Technology Journalism, Technology Writing, Writing Books, Book Reviews
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    Freelance Technology Journalist, 1997 - 2016
  • Leeds Metropolitan University
    Senior Lecturer, Course Leader, 2011 - present
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