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    The New Media Ethics: Are the tech tycoons any different from the old press barons?

The New Media Ethics: Are the tech tycoons any different from the old press barons?

In his latest on the ethics of journalism, George Pitcher compares the personal morality of the media leaders of the past and present.  

Do media owners or leaders have a moral compass?  And, if they do, does that compass have a magnetic north, in the sense of an ethical ideal to which they are drawn, a direction of travel […]

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September 19th, 2018|Featured, Journalism|0 Comments|

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.

My […]

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    Cambridge Analytica: a symptom of a deeper malaise in the persuasion industry

Cambridge Analytica: a symptom of a deeper malaise in the persuasion industry

Is the Facebook/Cambridge Analytica a one-off event or does it represent a much wider problem across the ‘promotional’ industries such as public relations, marketing and campaigning? Lee Edwards, Associate Professor at the LSE Media and Communications Department argues that there is a growing ethical problem that threatens democracy.

Recent revelations about Cambridge Analytica’s strategies and tactics have caused shock and outrage, […]

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March 26th, 2018|Featured, Media|1 Comment|
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    Providing a broadcast platform for extremist politicians is unethical

Providing a broadcast platform for extremist politicians is unethical

This article by Bart Cammaerts, Associate Professor in Media and Communications, LSE

The decision of ITV to invite EDL leader Tommy Robinson on their breakfast news show Good Morning Britain was not only misguided and dangerous, but above all unethical. It was excruciating to watch and the worst of it all is that Piers Morgan will most probably argue that […]

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Take the Trump populist test

Trump. Brexit. The language of populism is winning historic political victories. Understanding populist discourse can help us spot it more effectively and have more clarity about what we are up against as journalists and citizens; and what it can potentially imply in terms of government openness and accountability.

But what makes a discourse populist? In this article, Clara Aguirre Hernando […]

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