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No effort required: how technology should foster creativity

‘Inspiration is 99% perspiration’. ‘Try, try and try again’. Even, at its perverted extreme, ‘Arbeit macht frei’. All this idealisation of effort. Personally, I am the embodiment of the protestant work ethic. Graft, investment, the long view.
And yet. The whole purpose of civilisation, the visceral attraction of technology in particular, is that it lightens the load. It gratifies instantly. […]

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A recipe for a right-wing assault on public service media?

This article by Dr Bart Cammaerts, of the LSE Media and Communications Department.

While the announcement of the BBC to mothball the BBC Food site seems at first to be a somewhat trivial decision, it proved to be highly controversial and in the mean time the BBC backtracked in the face of public consternation. In fact, this announcement was, however, […]

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May 17th, 2016|Featured, Media|0 Comments|
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    This is what I said about the future of news in 2009 – you fools, why didn’t you listen??!!

This is what I said about the future of news in 2009 – you fools, why didn’t you listen??!!

This week I am hosting a workshop with some Swedish newspaper editors, so I thought I would go back to a talk I gave in Stockholm in 2009 to see whether they should bother listening to my predictions for their business in 2016. Here are the rough notes I made for that talk. Judge for yourself. On some of […]

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BBC escapes, for now

The BBC has escaped the existential threat that so many of the luvvies who get highly paid by the BBC told us was planned by the Government. Whittingdale’s White Paper contains challenges for the corporation but generally it avoids serious structural change. Longer-term though (and in the current media context that is an unusual time-frame) something much more radical might […]

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    Moroccan media: Between change and status quo – new research report

Moroccan media: Between change and status quo – new research report

LSE Middle East Centre researcher Fatima el Issawi has just completed a report on the state of the Moroccan news media in the wake of the so-called Arab Spring. It aims to give voice to Moroccan journalists to tell their unique story of coping with a complex process of political and media reform: change or status Quo?

In the days […]

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