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Ben Sixsmith

Ben Sixsmith is a Spectator contributing writer based in Poland. He is the author of Noughties: Eleven Echoes of a Dismal Decade.

Book Review

Hillary Clinton’s thriller is a #Resistance fever dream

State of Terror by Hillary Clinton and Louise Penny reviewed

By Ben Sixsmith

Television

Dave Chappelle’s last special is no masterpiece

The comic has developed the irritating habit of emphasizing how transgressive he is being

By Ben Sixsmith

Science & Tech

Two cheers for preppers

As the Facebook outage portends, sometimes it’s good to be prepared

By Ben Sixsmith

Science & Tech

The truth about Facebook’s ‘metaverse’

We should have learned by now that the digital isn’t altogether healthier than the real

By Ben Sixsmith

Internet

Gabby Petito and the pitfalls of online sleuthing

If you are bald, young-ish and somewhere in North America, there is a good chance that you have been misidentified as Brian Laundrie

By 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

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