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    The Charlie Gard twitterstorm: a violent and negative impact (new research)

The Charlie Gard twitterstorm: a violent and negative impact (new research)

This article by Dr Ranjana Das, a senior lecturer at the University of Surrey.

In a recent blog-post I presented some findings from the Facebook presence of the Charlie Gard support campaign, outlining some strategies through which populist politics seemed to have been performed within the campaign, playing out in interesting ways using the very architecture of social media. I […]

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August 4th, 2017|Featured|0 Comments|
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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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    Did broadcast stage-management create a vacuum for social media?

Did broadcast stage-management create a vacuum for social media?

The following article is my contribution to an excellent collection of political and media analysis of the 2017 UK General Election edited by Bournemouth University.

I described the 2015 election as “the banal theatre of the tightest, most sterile, stage-managed campaign ever”. Little did I realise that within two years we would see an even more closed on-screen campaign. But […]

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Trust and engagement: notes from the frontline

In March Polis brought together about 50 journalists, data scientists, journalism academics, platform representatives, campaigners, entrepreneurs, startup founders and investors to the LSE to discuss how to improve trust and engagement in the news media. It was a closed workshop designed to stimulate debate and suggest innovation and research initiatives. And it worked. As one participant put it, ‘great […]

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    Can you trust mainstream media to meet the digital challenge?

Can you trust mainstream media to meet the digital challenge?

There’s a perennial air of mystery around the media-consuming habits of teenagers and young adults. Most content producers being quite a bit older, it can be hard for them to take the pulse of the youngest demographics, a task that is perhaps more dauntingly urgent than ever in today’s shifting digital landscape.

BAFTA brought together representatives from across the mainstream […]

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February 21st, 2017|Featured, Student blogs|0 Comments|