In democracies an effective media and opposition are both needed to sanction leaders’ foreign policy missteps

Common wisdom in international affairs is that when democratically elected leaders and governments make threats towards other states, these are credible; voters will punish leaders who do not follow through on their words. New research by Philip B. K. Potter and Matthew A. Baum argues however, that not all democracies are equal in the credibility of their threats of military […]

Extreme weather events used to be referenced to convince people of the threats posed by climate change. Now they are considered the new normal

Extreme weather in the UK and abroad is increasingly described by the media as the ‘new normal’. Rather than discussing future and distant climate predictions, this terminology recasts climate change as something happening right now, and no longer treated as hypothetical. However, the link between extreme weather and climate change is rarely made explicitly in media coverage of events such […]

How is surveillance psychologically negotiated and what are its underlying affective impacts? Evidence from qualitative research

Surveillance is becoming more and more a part of everyday life as technologies become increasingly sophisticated and accessible. Darren Ellis uses qualitative interviewing to study everyday experiences of surveillance. The ambivalent, ambiguous and shifting accounts reflect the uncertainty around the nature and function of surveillance in modern society. A lot has been said recently about the uses and abuses of […]

Press self-regulation in 2014: Reasons to be cheerful

For the first time in British political history, a framework had been agreed – with full cross-party agreement – which would provide for independent, effective and enduring self-regulation of the press. That this has been achieved in the face of an immensely, albeit predictably, hostile press gives Steven Barnett reason for cheer. On 30 October this year, a small group of […]

Fahrenheit 404: Party attitudes to web archiving are a worrying sign for digital-era democracy

Last month saw a spate of “cyber-revisionism” by both Labour and the Tories as the parties attempted to erase archived material from their websites and, in the Conservative case, from the wider web. To Josh Cowls and Mor Rubenstein this revelation is just another particularly pronounced example of the actual experience of political parties on the internet falling far from the original […]

Leveson Past, Present and Future: The politics of press regulation

Lord Justice Leveson’s recommendations for press regulation were both clever and moderate, writes Steven Barnett. They were met with a press campaign of deliberate obfuscation and downright lies. In this post he reminds us of the reasons for the Leveson inquiry and where the process towards press regulation stands now, urging Parliament to hold its nerve and curb abuses of corporate […]

The New Circulations of Culture: Culture is being radically transformed by the recursive circulations of digital by-product data

Culture is being radically transformed by the recursive circulations of digital by-product data, yet we have little understanding of how this is happening or what the consequences might be. Dave Beer argues that we need to try to understand the ‘politics of circulation’ that underpins contemporary culture – that we need to try to understand how data circulate back into culture, […]

The creative industry needs to adapt to change

Though the traditional business models of the large creative industry companies have been destabilized by the growth of the online sharing culture, they have been resistant to changing with the times and are lobbying the UK government to take a tough stance on digital sharing. Research by Robin Mansell and colleagues shows that, far from being in terminal decline in the wake […]

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