governance and journalism

Media after democracy – Vienna III

“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 and society. He says that Classic liberal democracy is being replaced and so is the role of media. European political […]

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Media and social solidarity: Vienna part II

So should we worry if traditional journalism is in decline? Does it matter for democracy? Our transatlantic conversation now turned to the political impact of media change. Paolo Mancini of Perugia University reminded us that they idea of media as fourth estate is historically a pretty recent and specific phenomenon. And the idea that newspapers are more than a product […]

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Media and social solidarity: Vienna Part I

I flew to Vienna just as the UK Govt was publishing its spending data for the first time. And as I waited in fog-bound Heathrow I started reading  Alan Rusbridger’s landmark essay on how the business model change in journalism is changing its democratic role. I was on my way to the heart of old middle Europe for a transatlantic […]

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Berlusconi in Britain: Beppe Severgnini (guest blog)

“A Berlusconi phenomenon is unlikely to happen in Britain, but never say die”.  That’s according to  leading Italian journalist Beppe Severgnini speaking at LSE’s Italian Society. Polis intern Davide Morisi reports “It all began two years ago, when Time Magazine asked me to write an article to explain why Mr Berlusconi took over for the third time”, Severgnini says. But […]

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Living In A World Of Distorting Lenses (Guest blog)

By Chrysostomos Agapitos (Polis Summer School student, 2010) Some years ago, I came up with this naïve idea for a short story. The plot revolved around a group of people being locked up in a room whose walls consist of millions of distorting lenses. I never actually wrote that story down. But, thinking it over through the years, I kept […]

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