Category: Digital Culture

Clamping Down on Misquotation

Literature is all too often a victim of misquotation and misattribution. These mistakes, once made, proliferate at an alarming rate, entrenching what John Green never said and what Virginia Woolf said in slightly different words in the public memory. Or should I say public imagination?

Drag Race UK: What is Wrong with ‘Regional’ Drag?

RuPaul’s Drag Race UK Season 2 resumed recently after a hiatus from filming during the pandemic and the vibes were immaculately tumultuous. This week, the Queens competed in girl groups to win the Ru-RuVision song contest. The results were an LGBTQ+ anthem that both offended the ‘cis-tem’ and stormed the UK music charts. Iconic.

How Instafeminism is Damaging the Feminism 101 Genre

If there’s one thing the Florence Given v Slumflower scandal has highlighted, it’s the snobbery surrounding ‘feminist 101’ books. Searching Twitter for both influencers’ names returns Tweets like: ‘loooool not Florence Given and The Slumflower fighting over who monetised the Pinterest quotes they shared on Instagram and put in a book’.

The Author and the Ghost

Have you ever considered hiring a professional ghost?

No, not the supernatural kind – the literary kind. Splicing the word “ghostwriter” into two, this professional ghost entices prospective clients with the promise of its own invisibility. It increases its allure by marketing itself as a formless entity detached from its own literary labour.