Gavan Titley

Every now and then, I get into an argument online about racism. I should know better. But once I did it on a larger scale, as a project, when I cooperated with The Guardian on a series called Racism in the Digital Age. The series developed from an editorial concern with the sheer level of abuse aimed at writers of colour ‘below the line’. But while abuse could be moderated, there was also sense that whenever a writer of minority background wrote in any way about their experience, or with a lens trained on the racial dimension of social and political issues, they were frequently greeted with hostility, hostility expressed in the refrain, ‘why are you bringing race into it?’ The first wave of articles in the series, then, was to examine changing understandings of racism in the UK, and also to invite writers who had experienced this abuse or latent hostility to write about their experience of writing about race and racism in an interactive media environment.

Sami Torssonen

Facebook is a mighty weapon in the ideologist’s arsenal. We log on daily – nay, hourly – restlessly seeking shareable punchlines. Unfortunately, con artists and lackeys of all kinds know this. Climate sceptics, anti-vaccine activists, and racist demagogues now reach vast audiences in Facebook’s environment of nonexistent source criticism.