If the BBC is such great value then why do we have to take 180,000 people to court every year to make them pay for it? In answering that question we soon get into a discussion about how public service broadcasting should be financed and what role it has in relation to the increasingly convergent media industries. That is a […]
The ‘feral beasts’ of the Westminster press corps are quite rightly chasing the political fall-out of the News of the World closure and the continuing phone-hacking scandal. Coulson, Cameron, Brooks, Murdoch - who did what, when and who knew? But the bigger story is the proposed review of the whole relationship between the press and power.
PERPETUAL ENGAGEMENT: The Potential And Pitfalls Of Using Social Media For Political Campaigning (A new POLIS paper)
We live in an age where the citizen feels increasingly sceptical about and disconnected from those people who run our lives. Paradoxically, this is also an era when the communicative power of new media technologies mean that the potential for interaction between voter and politicians has never been greater. In this new POLIS report, to be launched at our Media […]
These are the notes for a presentation I gave as part of the Wilton Park conference on ‘media, social media and democratic governance’. This has been an extraordinary period for news and also for the way that news is created and consumed. I think that we see some substantial trends emerging are more than passing fads or exceptional circumstances. I […]