SOCKMATICIAN AND THE MEDIA


Sep 29, 2019

Due to the extreme nature of the cyber-bullying and smear campaign against me, and the severity of the impact that the situation has had on my life, the events of the past few months have caught the attention of the national media.

On Thursday 26th September, The Spectator published an article by its assistant editor, Isabel Hardman, about the wider picture of the social-justice-warrior regime that currently has the knitting community in its grasp. While much of the article talks about recent events in a generalised way, the focus of the piece is very much on my story, and that of fellow crafter, and survivor, Kate Davies. 

Read the article here.

The Spectator article has also been discussed at length on the Spectator Podcast. Listen from 24m10s in for the relevant section. (Unfortunately the participant on the telephone has misunderstood the situation, and fallen into the trap of assuming my contentious words were aimed at the BIPOC community, when of course, that is not the case at all, but I think the thrust of the argument is still useful, thanks to the comments from Isabel Hardman herself.)

The Op/Ed website, www.quillette.com, has published three articles by Katherine Jebson Moore over the past eight months regarding the knitting community. you can read them here, here, and here.

The third in the trilogy is a rundown of the events that happened at Yarningham in July. I haven't read it, but I am led to believe that it is thoroughly researched, balanced, and level-headed in its approach.

I have since given an in-depth interview with Katherine, as she got in touch with me to ask if I would like to be given the opportunity to tell my side of the story. I had been silent on the matter up to that point, knowing that whatever I said would be twisted into something that it was not, so, and with her history and prior knowledge of the background to these events, I felt that Katherine was the right person to open up to. Somehow it seemed easier for the story to be told by someone else, than to endure the backlash that would surely follow were I to tell it myself.

Katherine's fourth article, taken from my interview will be online soon.

I was also contacted in August by a journalist called Gavin Haynes, on behalf of the BBC. He is making a half-hour radio documentary for BBC Radio 4 on the topic of "Purity Spirals", and wanted to focus the thrust of the doc on my story, as it perfectly fits with his brief, is genuine, and is also current and ongoing. I was only too delighted to talk with him and be recorded for the programme, which will outline the evolution of the purity spiral using examples from the Khmer Rouge to extremes of fandom.

You will be able to hear the documentary on Radio 4 or online in the very near future.


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