Sunday, 21 October 2018

Why "Nasty" Is The New Normal

Cartoon by Wendy Cockcroft of man kicking homeless man
The way I see it, there was a time when all the incidents we consider to be downright horrible were condemned and the people who committed them were censured. Today, we've got elected politicians cheering such incidents on on when not putting the boot in themselves. What has happened to our society? I have a few ideas. WARNING: I will not pull any punches. As usual.

Saturday, 6 October 2018

What Is The Overton Window And Why Should We Care About It?

Cartoon of my position in the Overton Window
The Overton Window defines the limits of acceptability of ideas and policy in social and political discourse. It  matters because although we have a say in where it sits, it's also vulnerable to manipulation — and that's what impacts us. As it shifts further and further to the right, have you noticed how things we would never have accepted before are acceptable now? Let's take a closer look — and see what can be done about it.

Thursday, 13 September 2018

Censorship In Moderation: The Fine Line Platforms Must Walk

Photo of Alex Jones - Infowars
Infowars serial liar, conspiracy theorist, and nutty guy Alex Jones is being de-platformed and needless to say, some people are going mad about it, complaining about censorship.

I flippin' well told you this would happen.

Are you easily offended? Jog on. I'm going to be downright offensive. Again.

Monday, 2 July 2018

Freedom of Speech: When Business And Conscience Collide

Me as a puppet, cartoon by Wendy Cockcroft for On t'Internet
I'm a believer in free and open speech on principle and I appreciate how problematic it can be to allow hateful speech to proliferate. While I've written many times about shutting people up, I've never taken the time to discuss compelled speech in detail. Well, tonight's the night. If you're easily offended, here's a picture of a cat. No holds will be barred.

Monday, 25 June 2018

Brexit Bites — And The Band Plays On

Cartoon of Britannia post Brexit by Wendy Cockcroft for On t'Internet
I could have called it "Brexiters on the fiddle while home burns," but it's actually legal and apparently sensible to (not really) move your money out of the country to offshore accounts post Brexit. As the reality begins to bite, I'm finding a disturbing disconnection between Brexiteer fantasy and on-the-ground reality. This is the state of play.

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Will Trumpism Destroy America?

Caged kid, a cartoon by Wendy Cockcroft for On t'Internet
You may have heard some variant of “When fascism comes to America, it will come wrapped in the flag and waving a cross,” at some point in your lifetime. I'm seeing it now in real time. The question is, can we stop it before it's too late?

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Kids In Cages: What Has Happened To America?

This is how the world sees the USA right now.
Let that sink in. How the hell did that happen??!