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    Filling the Void: How to Talk to an Audience that Doesn’t Want to Listen

Filling the Void: How to Talk to an Audience that Doesn’t Want to Listen

This article by LSE MSc student Jack Marks

What is the role that emotions play in the use, and misuse, of social media? According to by journalist, lecturer and author Marcus Gilroy-Ware, much of the excessive use of social media is compulsive, automatic, and a result of hedonic, emotional relationship we have with social media.

In a talk at LSE, Gilroy-Ware […]

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    Towards an emotionally networked journalism (long read version)

Towards an emotionally networked journalism (long read version)

Traditionally in journalism  ‘objectivity’ has been seen as superior to ‘subjectivity’. But with the growth of social, journalism is turning more emotional. I’ve long advocated a more ‘networked’ journalism but in the face of recent panics about fake and hyper-partisan news do we now need a way of talking about the world that properly blends human interest with factual […]

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Journalism’s new mission: understanding the human

There is a bias in journalism. Not against any particular party or point of view – it is a bias against understanding. Sound familiar? It is from John Birt’s seminal article in The Times in 1975. He was talking about television’s ‘mission to explain’.  I would argue that journalism today is working hard on explaining, but what it really […]

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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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‘Post-truth’: a myth created by journalists?

Post-truth: how bullshit conquered the world by James Ball

Post-truth: the new war on truth and how to fight back by Matthew d’Ancona

John Lloyd has already reviewed these two books better than I could have done. I share his view that the existential threat of ‘fake news’ is sometimes exaggerated and that we’ve been in informational crises before. If Hillary […]

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