Tag Archives: Democracy

Apr 4 2014

Does it matter that no-one reports on Parliament anymore?

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Has Parliament completely lost its role as the national debating chamber? And did opening it up to broadcast media hasten the decline? Apart from the Queen’s Speech, the Budget, PMQs, occasional set-piece such debates about going to war, and celebrity … Continue reading

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Dec 16 2013

Strange fascination: image in music and politics Part Two

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This is part two of  an essay by, LSE Media PhD student Ruth Garland that explores the links between our experience of  images and political communication. With democracy suffering a crisis of confidence she questions the relationship between images and political meaning through … Continue reading

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Oct 21 2013

Reputation And Accountability: Where Are The Checks And Balances With Social Media?

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How have changes in the media landscape have affected the practice of reputation management? Public Relations Executive Tim Burt says that the proliferation of social media has greatly limited the amount of editorial control that can be exercised over the … Continue reading

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Aug 20 2013

Who is winning the information war: security services or the new disruptive journalists?

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Like a lot of people I objected to the treatment of David Miranda at the hands of the UK security officials and I was worried by the pressure put on The Guardian, as related by editor Alan Rusbridger. But I … Continue reading

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Sep 7 2012

The Village Cycle: how political news changes when it speeds up

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Danny Boyle might have shown it thus at the Olympic Opening Ceremony in one of his nostalgic tableaux of British history: A delivery boy in hobnail boots wobbles over the village green on a heavy framed bicycle, laden down with … Continue reading

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Mar 3 2012

The balance of crowds: top-down and bottom-up mobilization strategies in Russian election campaign (guest blog)

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Polis Silverstone Scholar Gregory Asmolov reports from Moscow on the anti-Putin protests and discovers how Russians are re-inventing democratic activism. I was seating at “Shokoladnitza” Café, a popular coffee network in Russia, with a cup of latte.  Next table to … Continue reading

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Mar 1 2012

Russian Elections: the struggle for power between state and network society

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New media technologies are having a interesting impact in places where we thought political communications had become bogged down. One of them was Russia As Polis Silverstone Scholar Gregory Asmolov explains, both activists and the Russian state are using digital … Continue reading

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Jan 19 2012

Is Comment Free? New Polis research report on the moderation of online news

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Why do we moderate websites? If you are Paul Staines who runs the hugely popular Guido Fawkes website then you interfere as little as possible. If you are The Guardian, for example, you have a whole team dedicated to editing comments. As a reader … Continue reading

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Dec 12 2011

Tunisia’s Media Spring?: New Research Project

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Polis Visiting Research Fellow Fatima el Issawi is just back from her first field investigation in Tunisia, trying to understand how Arab media is coping with the transitional political phase and how Arab journalists are redefining their identity and role. … Continue reading

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Oct 20 2011

Performing resistance, very real problems and the 99% (Guest blog)

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This is a response to my blog about media and protests by my colleague Dr Bart Cammaerts, who specialises in research around alternative media, political communications and protest. Many of the points Charlie makes resonate with the research I am … Continue reading

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