Browsing All posts tagged under »democracy«

Lies and the ‘politics of consensus’

November 11, 2010

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Nobody should condone the violence that marked yesterday’s demonstration against increased tuition fees, as I heard several people do. Yet it is clear that, just as a handful of hooligans taint ordinary football fans, those protestors that went too far were in a minority, with most of the 50,000 or so people that took to […]

Election 2010: the first internet election?

March 15, 2010

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With the general election fast approaching, the debate continues to rage over what influence, if any, the internet will have on the way it is contested and the outcome. The Fabian Society’s Nick Anstead thinks the influence will be limited, and it is an opinion I find myself agreeing with. Certainly the mechanics of the […]

Steps forward in libel law reform

February 7, 2010

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Most journalists await with anticipation news of libel law reform, and indeed what an incoming Conservative government might think about the current situation. The Sunday Times reported back in November that Lord Lester was drawing up a defamation reform bill to protect free speech and put an end to practices like libel tourism. It is […]

Following the ‘decade of difference’

January 5, 2010

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Charlie Beckett, the director of journalism and society think-tank POLIS, thinks that the world of journalism is capable of adapting its business models to the new technologies in this coming decade. Thank God for that, I hear students of journalism (including myself) gratefully saying. Yet Becket does not suggest any solid ideas on how online […]

Murdoch, moguls and democracy

January 2, 2010

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The vast expanse of Rupert Murdoch’s media empire means millions of people across the world are reliant on it for their news, yet this responsibility is not one that Murdoch has ever taken seriously. My view is that the provision of news is crucial to any democracy, and therefore that the it should not be […]

The internet and its limitations

November 25, 2009

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So here I’ve been singing the praises of the internet as a media tool, empowering people and making a valuable contribution to democracy. Power to the people. But apparently not. The ‘hand of Thierry’ and the furore that surrounded Ireland’s controversial exit from the World Cup last week has demonstrated some of the flaws and […]

Obama, China and the Internet

November 22, 2009

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It will be a long time before the people of China have democracy, but how long will it be before they can gain uncensored access to at least a small bit of it, the internet. Some form of dissent on the internet does take place, but nowhere near enough. And it is good news to […]