Media Agenda Talks

Pictures of suffering – do we have to choose between impact and dignity?

Is showing a tragic portrait of people in the developing world the only effective strategy to call for action and  funding from people in donor countries?  Can’t we change the perspective toward victims in crisis? Polis reporter Asuka Kageura gives her response to the Polis Media Agenda Talk by Brendan Paddy, Head of Communications at the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC), who […]

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Who Has The Power In The Information Age?

Edward Snowden. Chelsea Manning. Espionage and government secrets. Wikileaks and Julian Assange. In the wake of the NSA scandal, everybody is worried about surveillance – are we living in a world where Big Brother is tracking our data, our movements, watching our every move on the internet?  Or has newer, constantly developing technology really led to a power shift towards […]

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The harm of digital pornography in real lives

It’s a stunning scene, yet an everyday occurrence. Two British teenage boys explain the different categories of hard core pornography available to them with a couple of clicks online. Then one of them laments that he can’t have a real relationship with a girl because both his mind and his peer group’s attitudes have been poisoned by porn. Polis Intern […]

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London is Dreaming of London: Culture and Identity in the Capital

This week’s Media Agenda Talk was about London’s identity and culture. Three panellists – Author Eve Harris, music critic Lloyd Bradley and Channel 4 Reporter Fatima Manji – presented their unique perspective on the city, stemming from their professional experience and their life as Londoners.

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What principles should guide regulation in the Internet age?

Only 3% of internet users have internet speeds slower than 2 mpbs and are without access to good broadband connections, which means that the internet has become not only increasingly pervasive but also far more accessible than it was before. For David Mahoney, director of Policy Development at Ofcom, this means we have to think how we regulate this digital […]

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The Mumsnet Story: How to Engage with Online Communities

During a nine-hour flight from London to Florida, Justine Roberts was beginning to panic. As she and her husband dashed around the plane trying to alleviate their 1-year-old-twins from an untimely malady (diarrhea) while dealing with a shortage of nappies it was beginning to dawn on Roberts that she may have severely miscalculated their first family vacation. Once they settled […]

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From TV to tablets – how the BBC’s onscreen journalism is changing

“I used to say what I did and people would understand. Now people say, ‘what’s that?’” said Amanda Farnsworth, editor of visual journalism at the BBC, during the latest Polis Media Agenda Talk. This article by Polis intern Emma Goodman @EmmaMayAlex Visual journalism, which Farnsworth described as “one of those new catchphrases,” brings together the cinematic narration of television with the […]

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What Is Visual Journalism?

What IS Visual Journalism? It isn’t just television of course. But it’s not only online pie charts and graphs and representations of data. Visual journalism is about using technology to make news more interactive, more exciting and creative, and make users more involved. This article by Polis intern Arnuradha Santhanam. The BBC set up its new “visual journalism” unit in […]

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The good and bad history lessons of social media

This report on our first Media Agenda Talk of the season by The Economist’s Tom Standage, is by Polis intern Meg Charlton. Follow @PolisLSE for live tweets from the talks. Social media is nothing new according to Tom Standage. He defines it as “media we get from other people and exchange along social connections, creating a distributed discussion or community.” […]

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Social Media: myths from the first 2000 years

The Economist’s Tom Standage is first up in Polis’  Media Agenda Talks lecture series – his book Writing On the Wall, a history of social media is reviewed here by Polis reporter Kyle Bowen While some view social media as a dynamic forum for the exchange of ideas, others deride it as a frivolous pastime that portends a precipitous decline […]

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