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Equality campaigners have stormed the Bastille. It would be tragic if they built new Bastilles in its place.  (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

The Mozilla controversy suggests that the sexual revolution is getting ugly

4 April 2014 11:04

If you’re reading this on Firefox, you can rest assured that your custom is not going towards any hateful, disgusting, evil people who might disagree with you on something. Not… Continue reading

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We should mourn the passing of Nuts magazine. Yes, seriously

1 April 2014 12:41

If I had a fourteen-year-old son, I’d be pretty disturbed by the news that Nuts magazine might fold. Fortunately, I don’t, and in all likelihood, I won’t have a fourteen-old-son… Continue reading

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The Spectator magazine through the ages, how has the website changed since it launched in 1998?

The Spectator website through the ages

14 March 2014 18:14

How has The Spectator weathered the first 25 years of the web? In Simon Courtauld’s excellent history of this magazine To Convey Intelligence 1928-1998, he explains how the magazine’s website… Continue reading

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Tim Berners-Lee at the 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony. His message 'This is for everyone'

Happy 25th birthday to the World Wide Web. What comes next?

12 March 2014 12:42

On this day in 1989, the World Wide Web was born. Tim Berners-Lee, a contractor at CERN, published a paper called ‘Information Management: A Proposal‘. Although it’s tricky to pin… Continue reading

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BBC Three is to be closed as on-air channel, but does it matter? Photo: BBC.

An announcement for Tony Hall: BBC3 was already dead

5 March 2014 17:55

Two words tell you everything you need to know about today’s announcement that BBC3 is to become an online-only channel: ‘spoiler alert’. The phrase is now part of the cultural… Continue reading

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Qingdao Hosts Beer Festival

What shall we do about Neknominate?

20 February 2014 17:57

I wonder if we should start our own Spectator Blog NekNominations? Open to bloggers and readers. I nominate Daniel Maris to drink a small glass of Pinot Noir while watching… Continue reading

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The state is regulating how sex is consumed online. (FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

State sanctioned sex

22 December 2013 18:39

After bullying from the government, our major internet providers are now ‘filtering’ pornographic websites, so that children don’t get to see them. However, a BBC Newsnight study revealed, with great… Continue reading

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David Cameron’s crackdown on child porn is not over yet

18 November 2013 8:37

Parliament returns from a three day break today, but the headlines this morning are dominated by the international crackdown on online images of child abuse on the ‘dark internet’. Technology… Continue reading

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Has anything in the recent past had a bigger effect on writers and writing than Twitter?

12 September 2013 9:30

I’ve been trying to think of something – anything – in recent years that has had a bigger effect on the working day of the average writer than Twitter. And… Continue reading

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If you’re on your summer holiday, why are you reading this?

8 August 2013 9:37

I’m in two minds about blogging this post. On the one hand, I’d really rather be on a sunny beach somewhere, reading a good old-fashioned book or staring at the… Continue reading

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Jim Messina pictured with President Obama. (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

The Tories bag Jim Messina

3 August 2013 11:19

It’s a good time to be a Tory in Westminster at present. Labour is under pressure. The backbench dissenters have been quietened. Aides, hacks and spinners exude an air of… Continue reading

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What GOV.UK doesn’t want you to know

26 July 2013 14:53

At last. They’ve done it. The government has unified every snippet of data about itself on a single website. GOV.UK is bland-looking and easy to navigate. The home page tells surfers… Continue reading

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PM’s porn crackdown replicates Tory EU campaign success

22 July 2013 15:27

Further evidence of Number 10 finding a hard-headed campaigning zeal reaches this blog, in the form of a campaigning website called Protecting Our Children. It includes a petition ‘to support… Continue reading

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The expansion of legislation prohibiting pornographic images gives more powers to police and prosecutors.

Can we trust the state to censor porn?

22 July 2013 13:31

The most sweeping censorship is always the most objectionable. In principle, however, there is nothing wrong with David Cameron’s sweeping proposal that the customers of internet service providers must prove… Continue reading

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Cameron And Theresa May Visit Hertfordshire After Results Show A Reduction In Crime In The UK

David Cameron’s porn announcement shows unusual media aggression

22 July 2013 10:11

If it was front page warmth and approval he was looking for, the Prime Minister’s sudden crackdown on internet firms has been a resounding success. Just the sort of thing… Continue reading

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Of course spooks snoop. More power to them

9 June 2013 9:28

Can I just share with you my satisfaction that the CIA has access to my emails and all the social media sites I visit from time to time? This has… Continue reading

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The British Library has been given the right to archive the digital world from today. An estimated billion pages a year will be available for researchers to access through the new archive.

The British Library goes digital

11 April 2013 9:09

If you go down to the British Library today, you’re sure of a big surprise. Because as of last weekend, it’s archiving not just every book published in the UK… Continue reading

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The new poison pen. Image: Getty

The Leather Case

16 February 2013 15:44

Last year I wrote an unpatriotic column for the Observer. I said that while American literary and journalistic frauds tended to be simple men, who lied and plagiarised to boast… Continue reading

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Mary Beard needs to realise that she is invited on Question Time because TV producers think she looks like a loony. Image: Getty

It’s still you, Professor Beard

4 February 2013 16:01

It’s time to panic. I read at the weekend that sophisticated hackers have burrowed their way into no less than 250,000 Twitter accounts. What shall we do? Henceforth, when we… Continue reading

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Conservative MP Claire Perry. Picture: PA

Claire Perry interview: Leaving internet on at night is as reckless as leaving the front door unlocked

25 January 2013 15:06

Claire Perry, the determined MP for Devizes, is very, very determined not to be set up as a 21st century Mary Whitehouse. Her job title, as the Prime Minister’s adviser… Continue reading

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Lynne Featherstone was working for you this week, by distracting you from all the hideousness in the world. Image: Getty

Moore, Burchill etc. redux

18 January 2013 11:32

It’s an odd thing. I had been a little nervous of writing (subscribe here) about the Suzanne Moore twitter business because, much though I like and respect Moore and Burchill and… Continue reading

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Peter Dawson

Who cares about HMV? Shopping has never been better. - Spectator Blogs

15 January 2013 13:45

How many people presently lamenting the demise of HMV (at least in its current incarnation) actually spent any money there these past, say, five years? Not too many, I suspect.… Continue reading

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Irish Tragedies

Irish Newspapers Attempt to Kill the Internet - Spectator Blogs

4 January 2013 15:31

If Andrew Sullivan offers one example of how to thrive in the confusing, difficult, exciting new media world then, by god, the Irish newspaper industry offers another. The Irish newspaper… Continue reading

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The Atlantic Magazine's 150th Anniversary

Andrew Sullivan's Declaration of Independence - Spectator Blogs

4 January 2013 15:00

The big news of the new year – for those of us in the online world anyway – is that Andrew Sullivan is leaving Tina Brown’s Daily Beast and taking his blog… Continue reading

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Which words should be placed on the first available ship out of the English speaking world? Image: Getty

Which words would you ban?

3 January 2013 12:38

Which words in current use would you ban? Lake Superior State University answers this question each year, with its famous ‘List of Words to be Banished from the Queen’s English… Continue reading

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