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Ben Sixsmith

Gaming

Could the Chinese gaming clampdown backfire?

The CCP now permits minors just three hours of gaming a week

By Ben Sixsmith

Internet

‘Chris Chan’ and the grotesque online attention sideshow

Watching people’s lives spiral out of control can make people feel better about their own

By Ben Sixsmith

Education

When child abuse was avant-garde

The prominence of pedophilia in Sixties and Seventies thought

By Ben Sixsmith

Sports

The strange veneration of Simone Biles’s Olympic exit

Commentators are less interested in Biles’s emotional health than in deploying it for political purposes

By Ben Sixsmith

Humor

A guide to conservative commentators

Which one are you?

By Ben Sixsmith

Humor

My day at Sun Valley

Perhaps hanging out with Jeff, Mark and the boys will help Bill Gates to get over his divorce

By Ben Sixsmith

Internet

Right-wingers should stop concern-trolling the left

Conservatives often challenge progressive tactics without challenging progressive ideas

By Ben Sixsmith

Drink

The dark side of energy drinks

Are energy drinks the work of the Devil?

By Ben Sixsmith

Television

Steve Austin and the age of the antihero

Stone Cold was foul-mouthed, sadistic and mean — and people loved him

By Ben Sixsmith

Television

Bo Burnham flirts with post-comedy

A lot of Inside is not even attempting to be funny

By Ben Sixsmith

Book Review

Stacey Abrams’s new novel is a love letter to lawyers

While Justice Sleeps by Stacey Abrams reviewed

By Ben Sixsmith

Television

Even Elon Musk couldn’t make SNL funny

Everything seemed so dated

By Ben Sixsmith

Place

Bath time

If you have lived in Bath since the beginning of the pandemic you might not have noticed the changes so viscerally

By Ben Sixsmith

Food

Can I be vegetarian and conservative?

As a vegetarian on the right, I would argue that there is nothing ‘traditional’ about modern livestock production

By Ben Sixsmith

Internet

Why are people dying at gender reveal parties?

These events have escalated to frightening, fascinating levels

By Ben Sixsmith

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