Student Blogs

How a smartphone changed my mum’s life (guest blog)

This article is by Polis Summer School student You Xija

In 2009, smart phones became popular in China and my mum got her first Samsung. However, I was confused when my dad hesitated to give that little black thing to my mum, warning me ‘Don’t teach your mom to use that’.

It sounded quite weird but later on, I understood what he meant.

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Tearing down walls at The Economist (guest blog)

This article is by LSE Polis Summer School student Maria Katsikovordou

In a constantly changing media environment globally, to still be able to put your hands on an issue of The Economist, is reassuring. Traditional media have suffered tremendous changes over the past years, from having to perform severe cutbacks and massive layoffs, to even having to stop print editions of […]

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    If you want transparency in media and politics you may have to pay for it (guest blog)

If you want transparency in media and politics you may have to pay for it (guest blog)

This article by Polis/LSE Summer School student, Samaya X. Roary

All too often we get caught up in buzz words that sound promising without going deeper and understanding the true depth of what they mean. Transparency and accountability are two such words. Very few of us could tell us what exactly those words mean or how we wish to see […]

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#MeToo: Is Building Awareness Enough?

This article is by Hannah Menchhoff, student of MSc Media and Communications at the London School of Economics and Political Science. 

The social media hashtag #metoo started off as a response in solidarity to those victimized by film producer, Harvey Weinstein. But it quickly turned into an online debate with some women sharing their experiences of sexual harassment and assault, […]

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    Has suffering become the ‘new normal’? (Polis Summer School guest blog)

Has suffering become the ‘new normal’? (Polis Summer School guest blog)

This article by Polis Summer School student Janine Eduljee

As an American and someone involved in broadcast journalism, I found something highly resonant in our recent class discussions at LSE about the media’s portrayal of suffering and how it shapes and is shaped by people’s interest and feelings towards tragedy. In particular the idea or phenomenon of ‘compassion fatigue,’ the idea […]

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