Michael MacLennan
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Based in Glasgow, written for publications including STV, The Herald, The Times, Drowned in Sound and the Glasgow Evening Times, as well as writing and directing several short films. For more: michaelmaclennan.tumblr.com/

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Katie Hopkins' Risible Quip About Clutha Vaults Crash Is Fault of Amoral Profit-Driven Media

(1) Comments | Posted 30 November 2013 | (22:00)

The wave of shock and reaction which followed Friday night's helicopter crash in Glasgow at the Clutha Vaults bar felt near instantaneous, with social media springing into action.

In many ways it was a wonderful thing, immediately finding good wishes from those shocked at the news, and hearing first-hand the...

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Why This Article Must Not Be About That Thing Everyone's Talking About

(0) Comments | Posted 2 September 2013 | (13:10)

That thing that happened earlier in the week had so many layers to it that you could scarcely have imagined when you first came across.

Well, I guess some people imagined it, because almost immediately afterwards loads of people were on Twitter and Facebook and probably Bebo talking about it.

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What to Do When an Acclaimed Film Director Normalises and Romanticises Rape?

(1) Comments | Posted 14 May 2013 | (17:38)

So, Pedro Almodóvar's latest film I'm So Excited, which is out now in UK cinemas.

I went in expecting to be underwhelmed, given that the reviews hadn't been glowing, but instead left furious at one of its main plot threads. To explain why, I think it best to reverse the...

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Celebrating Alex Ferguson: Is It Championing Success Over Decency?

(1) Comments | Posted 14 May 2013 | (17:25)

I guess it's just as well that Margaret Thatcher has both feet in the grave. Otherwise the former Prime Minister would have been horrified to find out that her passing was greeted with death parties, while a football manager retiring weeks later has led to the sort of veneration that...

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