Media analysis

The stage is set. Labour should now commit to media ownership reform

Originally published on LabourList 15/10/13 With a Royal Charter on Press Regulation hurtling ever closer, it is wise to note the caveats from Ed Miliband’s conflict with The Daily Mail. We mustn’t abuse events like these to cut back on press freedom. In one of the first interviews he gave on the issue, Miliband declared […]

Twitter, full stops, and co-ordinated bullying

Recently Twitter has found one item of punctuation in greater use than any post length would suggest necessary. It has annoyed me to no end, and I’m sure other Twitterers are wondering why people are breaking one of the most basic rules of written language. You may have seen lots of users’ updates starting with […]

Net neutrality: why it’s important and we should campaign on it

Originally published on Liberal Conspiracy – 3/12/2012 At 10:26 GMT on 30th November, the Google traffic monitoring service recorded a total halt in all internet services in Syria. The research firm Rensys has noted that “all 84 of Syria’s IP address blocks have become unreachable, effectively removing the country from the internet.” While this on […]

Don’t play the blame game with actual games

As an avid gamer, I’m always disappointed when the media turns on computer games and blames them as inspiration for violent acts. As the trial for Anders Breivik goes on, the prosecution has started to use images of Breivik’s characters in World of Warcraft and accounts of Breivik’s time playing Call of Duty as evidence. […]

The symbolic violence of reality television

Published on London Progressive Journal (here) 24/03/12 Prior to the encroachment of neo-liberal policy into the economic and cultural landscape of Britain, television programmes we would typify as ‘entertainment shows’ were built around the dominant working-class lifestyle and values. Shows like ‘Steptoe and Son’ and ‘Auf Wiedersehen, Pet’ were seen as the populist breakaway from […]

“Gotcha!” – Budget goes down with all headlines.

It seems today’s budget isn’t getting favourable mention from anywhere. Not surprising that the focus is on the hit to pensioners, as tax allowances are frozen in what is being dubbed a ‘Granny Tax’. With most of the budget details leaked beforehand, did Osbourne really hope to get away with such a blatantly unfair cut? […]