Posts by Karl Hodge

August Never Ends

August Never Ends ohdeargodbees: It’s a head splitting cognitive dissonance to be fielding requests for help from friends who have just gotten swatted at the same time as giving someone else numbers on the harassment and abuse perpetrated by GamerGate because someone he’s talking to thinks it’s over and never had a big impact on…

Why Normal People Don’t Trust Data Journalism – According to an Idiot

Why Normal People Don’t Trust Data Journalism – According to an Idiot laughterkey: shortformblog: lifeandcode: infographicsinua: For a start, this kind of reporting doesn’t obey any of the four golden rules of attention-seeking: novelty, controversy, celebrity and sex. Another way of putting it is: they’re boring, written by boring people and they cover boring subjects. […]


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. […]