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What a mess. UK election 2015

I am tediously optimistic, but as Britain goes to the polls I feel depressed about every likely outcome.
This will not be a decisive election and I fear that out of the chaos will come, well… more confusion.
I am not against coalition government in principle and I instinctively welcome the idea of more plural politics. I would love to see […]

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Election Watch: Media Notes on #GE2015

I am tediously optimistic, but as Britain goes to the polls I feel depressed about every likely outcome. (6.5.15)
This will not be a decisive election and I fear that out of the chaos will come, well… more confusion.
I am not against coalition government in principle and I instinctively welcome the idea of more plural politics. I would love to […]

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Is this the end of the Future of News?

I’ve been saying for a while that we’ve reached a plateau in the graph of journalism and technology development. That doesn’t mean that overall the pace will drop or that there aren’t more significant shifts to come in the next 3-5 years. But I would cite two things in the last 24-48 hours that make my case that news […]

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    Our partisan press: does it matter to journalism or politics?

Our partisan press: does it matter to journalism or politics?

UPDATED: To mention the Sun’s interesting decision to back the SNP in its Scottish edition and the Tories in its English edition. See end of article.

[This is the full version of an article that first appeared in The Guardian]

Is anyone really still surprised how far our newspapers will go to back their chosen political party? What was shocking about […]

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Networking across borders: from ancient Greece to today

Imagine a network of people living in different states who acted as intermediaries for other countries, helping to sustain bonds of interest and to reduce conflict. Imagine these were appointed, unlike ambassadors, not by that country but by the people of the other state. Imagine that while this brought some material reward to the intermediary, it was mainly done […]

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