Guardian and its new talk guidelines…

One of the key aspects of online communication is its basic mutuality. With that in mind, I’m glad to see our long term mantra of Play the ball and not the man (still tops the Google search) has been co-opted into the Guardian’s Talk Policy. In the same spirit, I think we can learn from the more discursive way they’ve explained what they are looking for as well as setting out what they will remove. We’ll try to pull together a similar set, not forgetting to include a mention of our old favourite, whataboutery.

Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty