Tag Archives: US politics

Nov 20 2010

After the Golden Age: Vienna Part IV

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“It’s very hard not to feel that something precious is slipping away – but that’s a feeling I want to resist. The Golden Age was pretty brief and to some extent we haven’t lost it entirely” Michael Schudson is a … Continue reading

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Oct 1 2010

What Did The Digital Democrats Do Next? (Polis presentation on online campaigning)

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We are all heartily sick of hearing about how Obama used the Internet to get himself into the White House. Well done, historic, pioneering. Yes. Perhaps not quite a political digital revolution but impressive.  But what happened next? I would … Continue reading

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Jul 20 2010

US Militia, Wikileaks and the Tea Party: how alternative new media is destroying traditional ideas objectivity (guest blog)

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If people feel that mainstream media is ignoring alternative politics, then they can now create their own media. But how should traditional journalism respond? Should it change its ideas of impartiality to reflect the real diversity of contemporary politics? This … Continue reading

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Jan 30 2010

Blair at Chilcot: 'The Superbowl of Self-Justification'

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Tony Blair’s resolute, unchanging, self-affirming appearance at the impotent Chilcot Inquiry reminded us of the Politician’s Virility Dilemma. If they change their minds or admit fault then they are seen as weak. If they stick to their guns they are … Continue reading

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Oct 21 2009

The America Justin Webb Grew To Love

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America is, in part, a Third World country that has not got over the deep stain of slavery – but it is also the most exciting and innovative society in the world. That was the realistic but approving verdict of … Continue reading

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Jan 21 2009

Obama: lessons for Labour (and Conservatives) from the Great UK Campaigner

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Philip Gould, the political communications guru was teaching at LSE just hours after Obama had delivered his inauguration speech. This is a man who, along with many other eager Modernisers, went to Clinton’s America back in the mid-90s to find out how … Continue reading

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Jan 20 2009

BBC silences American people over Obama

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The BBC was flush with correspondents at the inauguration of President Obama – but why didn’t they let the people speak?

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Jan 20 2009

Obama the Blairite?

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It was, indeed, an awesome moment. Such a man at such a time. And he dealt beautifully with the fluff at his swearing in.

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Nov 17 2008

What can the (UK) news media learn from the Obama campaign?

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Is there anything that the UK news media can learn from the Obama campaign? This is the question of the month for the collection of US and UK journalist/academic bloggers that make up the Carnival of Journalism. There is certainly … Continue reading

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Nov 13 2008

Obama's victory changed nothing: "it's the money stupid"

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I have written elsewhere about how Obama’s campaign was radically different. It terms of tactics, methods, participation, new media and race it seemed to signal a shift. But one cold fact reminds us that nothing has changed about US politics. … Continue reading

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