“Lord of the Rings is racist about orcs” is not an important new front in the Culture War (New Statesman)

“Lord of the Rings is racist about orcs” is not an important new front in the Culture War

Call the police, a nerd has said something about Lord of the Rings on a podcast. Excellent news for everyone who thinks “political correctness has gone mad” can be considered a hot take in 2018, a group that apparently includes several national newspapers.

Are budget airlines really charging families to sit with their own children? (New Statesman)

Are budget airlines really charging families to sit with their own children?

Are algorithms trying to steal our children? That’s the question at the heart of the latest airline ticket pricing scandal. Are budget airlines trying to squeeze more money out of families by deliberately allocating them seats in separate parts of the plane, then forcing them to pay a fee so that children can be seated next to their responsible adult?