Tag Archives: Elections

May 8 2013

St George Farage and the mainstream party dragons: political communication in the age of austerity

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In the not so distant past if we were discussing political communications trends we might talk about Facebook and Barack Obama, or Twitter and #IagreewithNick’. Today I want to look at Nigel Farage and the George and Dragon pub. [You … Continue reading

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Mar 11 2013

Kenyan elections and the media: complex illusions (guest blog)

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LSE  researcher Nick Benequista is researching networked journalism in East Africa. Here’s his take from Nairobi on the complexities of media coverage of the tightly-contested Kenyan elections. The national elections last week revealed an uneasy relationship between Kenyans and the … Continue reading

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Nov 7 2012

Some media-related questions after Obama’s victory

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Some media-related questions after Obama’s victory. (Some of these are stupid, some rhetorical, and the list will grow) Please feel free to suggest more via @CharlieBeckett or in the comments. 1. Why do political journalists still treat campaigns like theatre … Continue reading

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Oct 19 2012

The Iran Distraction: a view from Israel on Palestine and the elections

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Polis Intern Phoebe Amoroso reports on a talk by veteran Israeli political journalist Emmanuel Rosen, currently Chief Political Correspondent for Israel TV Channel 2.  With tensions escalating between Israel and Iran as the international community watches anxiously on, it’s a … Continue reading

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Mar 13 2012

Sex, money and power: reporting America for Al Jazeera (guest blog with audio report)

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It has been said that the two aspects of life most often lied about are sex and money – a stereotype that Zeina Awad  co-host of Al Jazeera English’s flagship American current affairs programme, Fault Lines, knows all too well. … 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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Nov 20 2010

After the Golden Age: Vienna Part IV

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“It’s very hard not to feel that something precious is slipping away – but that’s a feeling I want to resist. The Golden Age was pretty brief and to some extent we haven’t lost it entirely” Michael Schudson is a … Continue reading

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Nov 20 2010

Media after democracy – Vienna III

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“The market is not a mixer and the Internet accentuates this” Ivan Krastev is an expert on political change in Europe, rather than media, so his views on journalism and democracy give a fresh insight into our debate about media … Continue reading

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May 19 2010

Notes on Britain's Spring Revolution

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These are some notes on the British election, social media and mainstream journalism that I used for a presentation in Spain. It is an attempt to start understanding what happened in media terms during the campaign and what it tells … Continue reading

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