Now we’re all in danger of being caught up in the new culture wars, 24/7

Olympic gold medal winner Jessica Ennis-Hill suffered rape threats on Twitter after saying she wanted her name removed from one of Sheffield United’s stands if the club allowed convicted rapist Ched Evans to play for it again.

Olympic gold medal winner Jessica Ennis-Hill suffered rape threats on Twitter after saying she wanted her name removed from one of Sheffield United’s stands if the club allowed convicted rapist Ched Evans to play for it again. Photograph: Graham Hughes/Observer

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Everyone seems to have strong opinions about everything – and everywhere people want to take offence. One slip – or even a perfectly innocent remark – can mean public vilification

…Social scientists call this “context collapse” – the idea that everything we say on Facebook or Twitter is potentially addressed to everybody, ever. The fact that for the vast majority of the time, no one outside your mum and your friends will read it makes it all the more disorienting if your musings are wrenched out of their original context and held up for public discussion.

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