Oh how outraged everyone is getting over the bean spilling going on at the Leveson Enquiry.
Yet looking at phone hacking as a morality tale masks the real background story. As the enquiry is revealing, phone …
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It has been over a year since my first contribution to the Carousel. Back then my take on media was very SOAS-inspired. But today, almost a year post-M.A., paradigms have shifted, perspectives developed, and interests …
Should the media be an influence on the public? How democratic can that be?
Or perhaps, we should word it the other way around, make the issue more “free market.” Should the public let the media influence them? One argument is that journalists are supposed to be experts in their respective beats and so, should be able to inform our decision-making.
But there is a thin line between informing and shaping.
The article below originally appeared on Chowraha – Crossroads
A piece on today’s Metro, a newspaper read by at least 2 million people in the UK everyday, caught my instant attention. At first I found it …
Being “detained” at a peaceful demonstration last night (April 1) was on the edge of being extremely uneasy and beautifully fun.
The Climate Camp was set up on the block of Bishops Gate where the European …
The assault on Gaza exposed not only Israel’s callous disregard for international law but the gutlessness of the American press. There were no major newspapers, television networks or radio stations that challenged Israel’s fabricated version of events that led to the Gaza attack or the daily lies Israel used to justify the unjustifiable. Nearly all reporters were, as during the buildup to the Iraq war, pliant stenographers and echo chambers. If we as journalists have a product to sell, it is credibility. Take that credibility away and we become little more than propagandists and advertisers. By refusing to expose lies we destroy, in the end, ourselves.