Amelia Tait

Amelia Tait

Amelia Tait is a freelance features journalist who writes culture, trend, and technology stories for The Guardian, The New York Times, New Statesman, Wired and GQ, among others. In 2020, she was named one of Forbes 30 Under 30 in Europe. She is known for writing about the unusual, the unexplainable, and the weird – be it a non-existent film that thousands of people swear they’ve seen; the proliferation of American sweetshops on London’s Oxford Street; or the woman who has read over 8,000 strangers’ diaries. Amelia is writing her first book.

Amelia Tait @@ameliargh

If an influencer approaches you, pretending to be in need, and asks you for £1 or $1, then your answer might determine your own fortunes 💰 I wrote about a TikTok trend that raises so many questions about charity and humanity: https://www.wired.co.uk/article/charity-tiktok-videos

If an influencer approaches you, pretending to be in need, and asks you for £1 or $1, then your answer might determine your own fortunes 💰 I wrote about a TikTok trend that raises so many questions about charity and humanity: https://www.wired.co.uk/article/charity-tiktok-videos

You never see a millionaire/billionaire build a folly anymore. It's all about vast, empty, cavernous homes and like, trips to space. Why even be rich if you're not going to build an elaborate, freaky, useless building!!

Really pleased to have written a piece for the latest @empiremagazine all about what it’s like to be a stand-in on film sets, blocking out scenes in wigs and awkward positions before actors swoop in and get the glory. 🎬🎬🎬

Last year, I saw a Twitter thread from a kid who felt guilty about inheriting loads of money. I couldn't stop thinking about it, so I decided to seek out + interview the "guilty rich". I had no idea what I'd find, and was fascinated every step of the way: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2022/jun/05/the-guilty-rich-who-are-giving-away-their-money

I loved speaking with Michael Schur about The Good Place, Dan Erickson about Severance, and Jane Espenson about Buffy to find out how telly twists are really written: https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2022/jun/03/buffy-severance-good-place-writers-on-tv-twists

~ why are people applying for Lithuanian visas but not actually going there? I wrote about chaotic visa shopping and passport hierarchy for @VICEUK

thank you @misszing for commissioning this story and @ameliargh for encouraging me to pitch!!

https://www.vice.com/en/article/g5qzmq/lithuania-visa-application

I try not to be a jealous person but it can be difficult watching others live out your dreams

“We know people felt hungry on it”: I spoke to the people who marketed the Special K Challenge – and the people who endured it – to look back at why and how swapping two meals a day for cereal was once considered normal and desirable: https://www.stylist.co.uk/health/special-k-challenge/649385

sorry to be sincere but what an honour and thrill it is to get to listen to people talk about their lives and experiences AS A JOB!! it's just good stuff!

Why are comedy movies always titled with 🅱️IG RED LETTERS❓ I loved finding out weird lil film marketing facts while investigating the most pressing issue of our age: https://www.theguardian.com/film/2022/may/09/scarlet-ohaha-film-posters-comedies-always-have-huge-red-letters-nan-fun-dick-jane

New survey by the NCTJ finds that 80% of journalists have parents from the highest occupational groups, compared to just 2% from the lowest - a key indicator of class.

Younger reporters are even more socially unrepresentative than their editors.

Why is this happening? I think there are four important factors:
https://experimentalhistory.substack.com/p/pop-culture-has-become-an-oligopoly

I wrote about how pop culture depictions of the workplace have changed, and how actually all the stuff that was seen as boring/mundane/soul-destroying in The Office is actually appealing now we have descended further into hell: https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2022/may/01/from-the-office-to-severance-fictional-workplace#comments

When Elon Musk married his first wife in January 2000, he told her on the dance floor, "I am the alpha in this relationship." I wrote about what that means for US, his new TWITTER WIVES: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/29/opinion/elon-musk-twitter.html

I wrote a lil thing on old Elon for @nytimes 😈 https://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/29/opinion/elon-musk-twitter.html

I think we'll look back on the last decade as a time when social media gave previously marginalized groups the ability to speak directly to elites and, as a result, elites lost their minds.

I wrote about crafting mini food, THE THRILL OF BEING A GIANT, and the miniaturists making the world a smaller (and better!) place: https://www.newstatesman.com/culture/2022/04/the-rise-of-tiny-crafting

I'm doing a lil workshop on 💡 ideas and inspiration 💡 if that sounds like something you'd like to attend!! (And if it doesn't, I'm still always available via email for any Qs/advice!): https://www.tickettailor.com/events/journoresources/677020

This Good Friday please accept this topical new poem that I wrote months ago for the new book I'm working on.