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Dale Lately

Cultural critic

Dale Lately is a cultural critic whose work has appeared in The Guardian, VICE, Slate, The Big Issue and a series for the Baffler. He also does literary reviews for the Quietus and urban wanderings for 3AM magazine, as well as blogging at www.dalelately.blogspot.co.uk and running the Antisocial Networking Club literary night

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Publishing Still Matters - But Who'll Pay For It?

In 1761, a businessman opened shop in a modest address in London. Nobody noticed; after all, modest businesses open all the time. There's no blue plaque on the site and most of us have never heard of him.
24/04/2017 13:25 BST

There's a Word for Accusing Millions of Being Bigots - 'Bigotry'

It felt like a punch in the guts. A smack to the head. The announcement on the radio, in such crisp and well-manicured tones, that we had left the EU - something we'd been part of since before my birth - that we had, for all intents and purposes, left Europe. I was waking bleary-eyed into a new country. I wanted to go back to bed.
27/06/2016 14:01 BST

Would It Be Such a Tragedy If White People Stopped Growing Dreadlocks?

I should come out and say first of all I've never had dreads, nor wanted them. I'm white and I've always loved reggae, but never wanted to symbolise that love with my head. And perhaps I don't have any right to speak on this subject given my race. But then I think this question goes far beyond me.
19/04/2016 11:37 BST

Please Support Your Local Millionaire

So a successful craft beer company sells out to the corporates. Shock horror - the Camden Town Brewery, a fledgling, for-the-love-of-it startup just half a decade ago, has done so well that it's now being sold off to a major. The sum, as you may have guessed, is no small beer.
05/02/2016 12:54 GMT

Welcome to the Toilet Wall of Cyberspace

Walls, bridges, toilet surfaces - they were all the ancestors of online rating sites. But there was one major difference between the walls of a public restroom and the forum of an online site. For all their communitarian puff, peer-to-peer ratings of human beings are fuelled by the oldest motivation of all: money.
10/11/2015 08:51 GMT

#DontJudgeChallenge Is a Sick Exercise in Narcissism. In Fact It's Downright Ugly

#DontJudgeChallenge is indicative of a whole lot more than just one meme. It's an example of a certain kind of web culture at its worst - a smug, "clicktivist" culture that presumes complex social problems can be smoothed over with a cute selfie, that assumes a mask of social concern while using the opportunity as an exercise in blatant narcissism.
20/07/2015 11:26 BST

Male Suicide Is a Tragedy - But Don't Patronise Me About It

As someone who's had a lifelong battle with depression, I know full well what a serious issue suicide is for either gender. But I'm not sure if crowdsourcing a set of "bloke jokes" and pasting them up around the streets is the answer.
03/06/2015 10:25 BST