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    Ctrl alt dlt: a chronicle of the nervous breakdown of liberal media politics but what next?

Ctrl alt dlt: a chronicle of the nervous breakdown of liberal media politics but what next?

Tom Baldwin has been on a rollercoaster ride of media and democracy in the UK (and USA) for the last few febrile, fetid and fantastic decades. As someone who has worked for left and right wing newspapers and for politicians and Great Causes, he knows how the punches have landed.

He’s disappointed. In the system and his own role in […]

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    Filling the Void: How to Talk to an Audience that Doesn’t Want to Listen

Filling the Void: How to Talk to an Audience that Doesn’t Want to Listen

This article is by LSE MSc student Jack Marks

What is the role that emotions play in the use, and misuse, of social media? According to journalist, lecturer and author Marcus Gilroy-Ware, much of the excessive use of social media is compulsive, automatic, and a result of hedonic, emotional relationship we have with social media.

In a talk at LSE, Gilroy-Ware […]

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‘Post-truth’: a myth created by journalists?

Post-truth: how bullshit conquered the world by James Ball

Post-truth: the new war on truth and how to fight back by Matthew d’Ancona

John Lloyd has already reviewed these two books better than I could have done. I share his view that the existential threat of ‘fake news’ is sometimes exaggerated and that we’ve been in informational crises before. If Hillary […]

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    The Marvelous Clouds: Towards A Philosophy of Elemental Media (book review)

The Marvelous Clouds: Towards A Philosophy of Elemental Media (book review)

The Marvelous Clouds: Towards A Philosophy of Elemental Media

By John Durham Peters

(4th Estate)

 
“I get all the news I need from the weather report”
(Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel: Only Living Boy In New York)
Media is now environmental, like the air we breathe. It’s a ubiquitous and vital fact of contemporary life, like the water from our taps. It is a […]

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