Conversations are now elevated and scrutinized in an amphitheatre of social media. There are those that spectate, speculate, and jump on the bandwagon - whether that's with good intentions, or to kill the show. The Internet means that people don't forget words, and events are recorded forever at the end of a web search. Over time, the moment, context and goodwill crumbles away...
It looks as if we're about to be made to watch a movie we've seen before: Middle East Strike Part... At the same time we're celebrating the 50th anniversary of a march that was led by one of the greatest pacifists of the 20th Century.
I'm surprised by the force with which I feel the impact of the Trayvon Martin verdict. Not just as a mother, as I try and imagine what it must be like, to walk out of a courtroom where a half dozen of your fellow citizens have decided that the fatal shooting of your unarmed seveteen year old is not a crime.
As Stockholm returns to normal after fires raged for nearly one week across suburbs of the capital, commenters have expressed shock that riots could take place in Sweden of all places.
Despite being a society made up of waves of immigration from the Romans onwards we still have a problem with immigrants. As 'island people' we have a strong, but precarious, identity. We feel under threat from a tiny Muslim population.
The UK has a segregation problem. When we open our eyes we can see it. We see it when we visit our schools, we see it when we walk round our neighbourhoods, we see it when we look at our friends. By age, income and race - our country divides every morning and every evening.
My slight bogan part aside, I really am the classic middle class, well-educated white male. I mean, there's no point me playing the lottery. By being born in a first world country to white middle class parents, I've already won first division. Big time.
Richard Wright died on 28 November 1960. The Afro-American writer paved the way for future writers like James Baldwin, Ralph Ellison and Toni Morrison and prepared the ground for the civil rights movement. Both his memoirs Black Boy and Native Son were instant bestsellers and changed the literary scene in the US over night.
As I was finishing secondary school, I remember numerous discussions in my home about how we would be able to fund going to college and being a full-time student. Luckily, we found out that we qualified for the EMA scheme. My family lived from week to week, and that £30 was totally significant and at times helped pay electric, gas and for other essentials.
'Asia' is formed of 48 countries, and extends right the way from Saudi Arabia to East Timor covering 30% of the earth's land (44,597,000 km2). Of course, within this area you have parts of the Middle East, Central Asia, South Asia, and South-East Asia.
The many events and discussions that have taken place around the UK during Black History Month, which draws to a close next week, have given us the op...
From a position of nigh-invisibility, for about 5 minutes in the 90s to be Asian was almost cool. I think as Citizen Khan has reminded us, we've come back down to earth since then, some would say with a bump that still resounds.
The marchers had dressed their cause with placards warning of "creeping Islamazation" and the "threat of Sharia", their chants hitting the more base notes of the late Oriana Fallaci, interspersed with modified songs from terraces: "We're the famous EDL".
Islam doesn't have a history of satire and Muslims don't take ridicule of our religion lightly. However, it seems that Muslims today measure their faith by how angry they get when offended.
The imprisonment of this Christian child isn't only about Pakistan or Pakistanis. Those of us who claim to be members of a global Muslim ummah cannot be silent when such flagrant human-rights abuses are committed in the name of Islam and in the world's second-biggest Muslim-majority nation.
Over 3000 Muslim athletes competed in the Olympics earlier this summer and at the same time it was Ramadan. Like thousands of my constituents in Leicester, many of those athletes will have observed the fast.