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    The People vs Tech: From a utopia of openness to democracy under threat

The People vs Tech: From a utopia of openness to democracy under threat

This article is by LSE MSc student Anastasia Bektimirova

From the Cambridge Analytica scandal to the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States, concerns about foreign interference in elections, micro-targeting of political messages and the spread of online misinformation— all seem to be rooted in the menacing technology platforms that have enabled political actors to advance their […]

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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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    Nine media trends changing our complex and unstable public sphere

Nine media trends changing our complex and unstable public sphere

As political journalists are only too aware, we are in an age where the act of prediction is struggling to cope with a complex, unstable, diverse world. This is especially true of news media and information structures because they are going through profound and rapid change. We can look to the past for some models of media disruption. Timothy Wu’s MasterSwitch […]

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How Can We Clean Up Media and Democracy in 2017?

After everything that happened in politics in 2016 is there anyone left in the world who doesn’t think that journalism matters to democracy? As you watched Britain vote to leave the European Union, or Donald Trump win the US presidency, did you ever use the phrase “I blame the media” or “It’s all Facebook/Twitter’s fault”?
Any student of politics now […]

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    What does the Trump triumph mean for journalism, politics and social media?

What does the Trump triumph mean for journalism, politics and social media?

There’s been a wonderful arc to the blame narrative in the wake of Donald Trump’s decisive victory in the Presidential election.

I’m talking here mainly about the reaction of liberal or progressive mainstream media. Supporters of Trump or more radical alternative media have a more simple explanation: ‘the best (or most evil) man won!’

First off it was ‘we the mainstream media are […]

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