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The dark side of the net – is it really so terrifying ?

Polis Intern and LSE MSc student Jessica Di Paolo reports on the latest Polis Media Agenda Talk featuring Jamie Bartlett, author of the book Dark Net and Director of the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media.

“Participation is both a form of violence and a form of pleasure. More than a desire, participation is an urge, a form of […]

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2014 Polis Lunchtime Talks Speaker Programme

Throughout the term Polis will be inviting a number of media and communications professionals and journalists to come speak to staff and students at lunchtime on Wednesdays. Bring your lunch and join us from 13:00-14:00 weekly as we listen to talks by speakers on topics such as working in political communications and verifying stories in the context of the crisis […]

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    Ello: The new Facebook and a new business model for social media?

Ello: The new Facebook and a new business model for social media?

Is Ello the new Facebook? Has a new trend towards privacy and secure user data begun or will this new platform go the way of other social media platforms once called ‘facebook destoryers’. Polis Intern and LSE MSc student John Ray looks at Ello and other Facebook competitors in the post as he seeks to answer these questions.

Ello has […]

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2014 Media Agenda Talks- Podcasts

If you were unable to attend any of the Media Agenda Talks or if you have an interest in any of the topics and issues discussed we have podcasted the majority of the talks. Listen in below!

Week 1- Ben Hammersley

Mainstream Media Is Meaningless Nostalgia

 

Week 2- Nick Davies

Hack Attack

 

Week 3- Andrew Miller

Global News Media

 

 

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Pommy media causing a stir in Australia

 

The Australian media landscape is becoming a little heated as recent British entrants continue to carve out new digital territory in the Land Down Under. Colleen Murrell reports on the increasing levels of distrust both between the players – The Australian versions of The Guardian, the Daily Mail and the BBC – and between those players and the tough […]

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    Media intimacy: Are we ready to challenge the ubiquitous digital world?

Media intimacy: Are we ready to challenge the ubiquitous digital world?

Are we too attached to technology and our mobile devices? MSc student Jessica Di Paolo reports on the first Media Agenda Talk by internet technologist Ben Hammersley on the future of media in an age of ever-advancing technology.

The statistics are alarming. According to a group of researchers at Harvard, says Ben Hammersley, 95% of people who own a smartphone […]

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    The Generation Game: signs of hope as news media industry change matures?

The Generation Game: signs of hope as news media industry change matures?

New media is now old. This year, the internet celebrates its 45th birthday, while online news in the UK has reached adulthood. Any publishing strategy needs to understand that we are now in a ‘three generations in one’ news industry. There
are still the legacy products like ‘dead tree’ newspapers and analogue broadcast but there is also the content re-versioned […]

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Do Voting Advice Applications have a future?

This is the third of a series of articles about Voting Advice Applications.  Read the first one here and the second here.

 VAAs are digital devices that try to help citizens think about how they might decide to vote in an election. They might be websites, apps or any other online format that you could access via a desktop, laptop, […]

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    “Time to discuss”: a former US intelligence analyst says that Snowden and Manning were right (guest blog) #PolisSummer

“Time to discuss”: a former US intelligence analyst says that Snowden and Manning were right (guest blog) #PolisSummer

This article by Polis Summer School student and former Marine Corps signals intelligence (SIGINT) analyst Derek Matthews. The intelligence community is bound by a code of silence and not the unspoken kind. Every individual goes through a thorough background check. When I was in boot camp, an FBI agent was flown to my hometown to interview my friends and family to see […]

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“Gunman at Yale” So worth tweeting! How ‘citizen journalists’ can turn a drama into a crisis on social media

Last year, on the first day of Thanksgiving break, I was sleeping in my dorm room at Yale when I got waken up by a phone call from school: there was allegedly a gunman on campus. That was only three months after I went to the United States, and I couldn’t believe what I used to see on TV was actually […]

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