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    Don’t blame ‘the media’ for the state of the referendum campaign

Don’t blame ‘the media’ for the state of the referendum campaign

How well has the UK’s news media done in staging the debate and informing the public? Some outlets have fought valiantly to report the referendum campaign fairly, writes Charlie Beckett. Members of the public who complain they aren’t getting the facts must be joking. Nonetheless, the media take their cue from politicians, and campaigners’ strategy of destabilising the discourse while controlling their own message based […]

June 26th, 2016|Brexit, Featured|3 Comments|
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    British media is failing to give voters the full picture ahead of elections

British media is failing to give voters the full picture ahead of elections

Recently it has been argued that the integrity of UK elections suffers when it comes to the media coverage associated with them. Here Stephen Cushion and Roger Scully outline how limited the coverage is, with a particular focus on Wales. With the EU referendum crowding the media space, important local and devolved elections may struggle to keep on the media agenda.

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    Beware the ‘false consciousness’ theory: newspapers won’t decide the EU referendum

Beware the ‘false consciousness’ theory: newspapers won’t decide the EU referendum

Campaigners should not overestimate the influence of traditional newspapers, says Charlie Beckett: their sales are in decline and they face competition from more politically neutral and humorous news sites like Buzzfeed and Vice. In any case, it is patronising to assume that a sheep-like public follow the diktats of the media they read. He identifies the outlets which will help swing […]

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    Excessive media power in the UK necessitates a more efficient and potent regulatory system

Excessive media power in the UK necessitates a more efficient and potent regulatory system

Creating spectacle in whatever form sells copy, but it also greatly increases visibility. Politicians need visibility and need the media in order to reach the electorate, to get through to them. This has created a very symbiotic but also a toxic relationship between political and media elites, writes Bart Cammaerts. With the disproportional degree of power the media holds comes responsibility, transparency […]

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    Television dramas have increasingly reinforced a picture of British politics as ‘sleazy’

Television dramas have increasingly reinforced a picture of British politics as ‘sleazy’

There were 24 TV dramas produced about New Labour and all made a unique contribution to public perceptions of politics. These dramas increasingly reinforced a picture of British politics as ‘sleazy’ and were apt to be believed by many already cynical viewers as representing the truth. Steven Fielding argues that political scientists need to look more closely at how culture […]

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    Book Review: Transparency in Politics and the Media: Accountability and Open Government

Book Review: Transparency in Politics and the Media: Accountability and Open Government

Governments around the world are increasingly experimenting with initiatives in transparency or ‘open government’, including more user-friendly government websites, greater access to government data, the extension of freedom of information legislation and broader attempts to involve the public in government decision making. This volume aims to analyse the challenges and opportunities presented to journalists as they attempt to hold governments accountable […]

Book Review: Propaganda, Power and Persuasion: From World War One to Wikileaks by David Welch

In this book, the contributors set out to trace the development of techniques of opinion management from the First World War to the current conflict in Afghanistan. Michael Warren finds that this book makes valuable contributions to a rich body of literature critiquing how leaders, media and other entities shape public opinion, whilst being accessible and thought-provoking to readers new to the subject. This review […]

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 […]

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