Media and Communications

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 […]

Why the Daily Mail was wrong to attack Ralph Miliband

The Daily Mail article asserting that Ralph Miliband hated Britain has caused outrage and sparked debate about the role of the press in political discourse. In this article Bart Cammaerts gives his views, writing that newspapers like the Daily Mail and what they represent are a festering cancer within British democracy, which is in a pretty dire state already. A potentially […]

The fall of the Celtic Tiger – what next?

Once touted as the Celtic Tiger, Ireland has experienced extensive economic trauma since 2008. Donal Donovan and Antoin E. Murphy find that the absence of sufficient self-questioning and internal debate lies at the heart of the run up to the Irish crisis. A wide ranging systematic reflection on what is required for Ireland to establish a fundamentally sound policy making process […]