Caitlin Moran: Social media needs to grow up

The columnist talks about journalism's generation gap ... and how the Spice Girls harmed feminism

Caitlin Moran, the author and Times columnist, said social media is like a baby, "young and untrained."

"This is the problem with social media: it’s ruled by kids. There aren’t any tribal elders there," she said. 

Speaking with Johnny Hornby, the founder of The &Partnership, during a session at Cannes, Moran said that platforms like Twitter would be improved if more women were involved in their creation.

Addressing other digital challenges, she praised paywalls and explained she and her Times colleagues used to be "huffy" about them until they saw journalists from The Guardian, which doesn’t have a paywall, being let go.

"We became very happy about the paywall, which we thought of as the mortgage wall," she said.

Moran also spoke out against cynicism, said more women need to learn to code, and argued that the Spice Girls may have hurt feminism: 

Subscribe today for just $116 a year

Get the very latest news and insight from Campaign with unrestricted access to , plus get exclusive discounts to Campaign events

Become a subscriber


Don’t miss your daily fix of breaking news, latest work, advice and commentary.

register free