Jamie Watts

Senior Writer London, UK

I’m a Senior Writer at Thred specialising in tech, gaming, and all things film and TV. If you’re after a hefty listicle about movies, or want the dl on exciting new games and consoles, this profile right here is the place to be. Follow me on Twitter and drop me some ideas/feedback on email.

Hi, I’m Jamie, and I’m a Senior Writer at Thred. I studied Freelance Journalism at the British College of Journalism before heading straight into sports writer roles for several football news outlets.

Following Manchester United’s rapid decline, I had an immediate change of heart and generously decided to lend my talents to Thred. Now, as Pop Culture Editor, I spend my days jabbering on about the best in film and TV, and occasionally knocking up a hefty listicle about gaming… or pets.

Often referred to as the resident cockney, I like to break up the daily hustle by prodding the rest of the office. I also love a headline image on Photoshop and get aroused by a tasty gradient.

   

Latest Stories from Jamie

Is TikTok really an elaborate façade for Chinese spyware?

Is TikTok really an elaborate façade for Chinese spyware?

Cyber-experts are claiming that 2020’s number one app is a shady front for Chinese spyware and mass censorship.  Suggestions that ByteDance’s ‘innocuous’ short-bite video app TikTok has all the makings of a totalitarian plot hatched by the Chinese government are looking more plausible by the day. Suffice to say, people are freaked.   Months of bad publicity  Two months ago, an anonymous software engineer with 15 years of experience claimed he had successfully reverse-engineered TikTok. Within its inner workings, he pointed to...

By London, UK
Challenger banks hit the spot with Gen Z

Challenger banks hit the spot with Gen Z

Like everything else with Gen Z, it appears the future of banking is entirely digital. But what exactly are challenger banks, and why are they so popular? There’s little doubt that the future of banking is headed towards a complete digital revamp akin to the shift in takeaway services like Just Eat and Deliveroo. A new wave of start-up companies have grown from quirky USPs into...

By London, UK
Reddit must persist with alt-right purge despite ‘free speech’ concerns

Reddit must persist with alt-right purge despite ‘free speech’ concerns

Media efforts to combat hate is pressuring user-based platforms like Reddit and MeWe to follow suit, and rightly so.  Since the 18th century we have used boycotting as a political weapon for good. In 1791 some 300,000 people abstained from buying any goods produced by slaves in the West Indies, demonstrating for the first time the undeniable influence of consumer action in bringing about tangible change. Today, with social media being...

By London, UK
Activism 101: get informed & involved with these sites

Activism 101: get informed & involved with these sites

Want to make your mark and change world for the better? This is your yellow pages.  Last month, we wrote a comprehensive breakdown of the six stages of social activism with the aim of really fleshing out an enigmatic concept that has more relevance today than ever before. Lucky for you guys, change is our bread and butter here at Thred, and we're all about spreading the truth.  Step by step...

By London, UK
Could llamas hold the key to curing Covid-19?

Could llamas hold the key to curing Covid-19?

If this works out, the llama may pip the unicorn to the title of Most Magical Animal.  As you will have heard a thousand times before, mostly on morning news shows, Covid-19 has all of us navigating through ‘unprecedented times’. Social distancing regulations may be easing worldwide, but getting back to living the way we once were will depend heavily on finding a vaccine.  To that end, we’ve invested millions...

By London, UK
Has BLM cemented the return of hacktivist group Anonymous?

Has BLM cemented the return of hacktivist group Anonymous?

After a decade in hiding, the familiar caricature of Guy Fawkes has re-emerged online and in the streets. But is this Anonymous as we once knew it?  As we now know, the atrocity of the George Floyd story was just the tip of the iceberg when it comes racial injustice doled out by US authorities. In the States and the UK, tensions continue to run high as protesters push for...

By London, UK
BLM protesters weaponising memes against police

BLM protesters weaponising memes against police

The weaponisation of memes is nothing new, but taking on anti-racism has to be its biggest and most significant engagement to date.  Digital natives Gen Z are constantly shifting the parameters of political demonstration and discourse to include online spaces. Now a part of our everyday vernacular, memes are used to make light of serious subjects, to highlight hypocrisies or irony within current affairs, and generally to cause a bit of...

By London, UK
PS5 embraces the digital generation with discless console

PS5 embraces the digital generation with discless console

Sony’s PS5 reveal delivered a host of new titles for fans to get excited about, but the big surprise came in the form of a new discless console dubbed the ‘Digital Edition’.  For the most part, you’d have to call the PS5 reveal a resounding success for Sony. While one or two fan favourite franchises were absent from the event (cough God of War), fans were treated to first looks...

By London, UK
The apps empowering BLM protesters right now

The apps empowering BLM protesters right now

Police brutality is the enemy, racial equality is the goal, and technology is becoming the vehicle for change.  Many of you won’t be old enough to recall this with much clarity, but I remember the 2011 London Riots like they happened yesterday. A 29-year-old black man named Mark Duggan was shot dead after the Metropolitan Police followed up on ‘intelligence’ that he was seeking to distribute controlled drugs and firearms....

By London, UK