Posts by Karl Hodge


It would not be an exaggeration to say that encountering the Atari ST began my career as a technology writer. Though I’d played with Sinclair Spectrums and Amstrad PCs in the 80s, I had never used a computer as a production tool. My undergraduate dissertation was written in longhand and I paid a lady with […]

Did Twitter Just Remake Storify?

Did Twitter Just Remake Storify? Writerly types will know that you’re not supposed to end a headline with a question mark because readers can always answer with a swift and resolute “no”. It’s called Betteridge’s law after m’colleague +Ian Betteridge – who coined the rule. But in this case the question mark is legitimate because the […]

The Zero Theorem

The Zero Theorem My local newspaper website,, has switched from a subscription based commenting system where people were able to define their own user names to a Facebook based system. The result? Engagement has died overnight. From an average of between 15 or 20 comments on each story to zero. We can speculate about […]

I review music. That’s a thing I do now.

I review music. That’s a thing I do now.  If you’re in a young (or not so young) up and coming band, get in touch – khodge at I like post-rock, garage rock, electronica, prog, nu-folk and post-punk. If you have a release I can review, I might be able to help you out. […]

Peter Hook and the Light

“These are the times Hook seems almost happy to be there. The Light pours out of him. The audience go mental. This must be what Joy Division sounds like in Peter Hook’s head.” I review Peter Hook and the Light – on student website The Met Online.

Over on my Future of Journalism blog:

Over on my Future of Journalism blog: “For me, the conceptual stumbling block that prevents publishers from seeing beyond that question is that digital is perceived as merely another distribution method. It isn’t. (…) when you target niche segments – or even cultures and subcultures that legacy media simply don’t see as valuable – the […]

No Future

The problem with using the statistical present as proof of how the future will develop is that there is no control. There is no future to refer to. People prefer print. Now. People prefer money. Now. People understand linear narratives better. Now. We don’t know what they’ll prefer tomorrow.