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Month: May 2022 (Page 3 of 3)

‘What the flock you looking at?’: the use of wordplay and bad language in ads – Alexandros Antoniou

***WARNING: This article contains some strong language***

On 27 April 2022, the UK’s advertising watchdog, the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), banned an outdoor poster which promoted an estate agent, trading as Lamb & Co. Property. The poster, which appeared at the entrance of Waterglade Retail Park in Clacton, showed a sheep, alongside large text which stated: ‘What the flock you looking at?’, with the word ‘flock’ in coloured font for emphasis. The accompanying text read: ‘We’re baa-rilliant at getting your property noticed too’. Continue reading

The Press is obliged to make good, not do good: why the crime-busting myth harms the SLAPPs debate, or why we need section 40, Crime and Courts Act – Paul Wragg

We need to do away with these libel laws, says Meirion Jones in The Guardian, because they only protect evildoers and they stop us, the press, from bringing them to justice. I can reveal, he continued, that The Sun could have brought Jimmy Savile to justice in 2008 but the threat of libel action meant that all the testimony they collected was wasted and so, since the chance of a scoop was gone, they did nothing with it… Continue reading

Social media regulation: why we must ensure it is democratic and inclusive – Rowan Cruft and Natalie Alana Ashton

News that the world’s richest man, Elon Musk, is buying Twitter has sent the world into a spin, dividing those who advocate for unfettered free speech – like Musk – and those who believe that some platforms wield too much power and influence. But the ultimate outcome for Twitter may depend heavily on social media regulation. Continue reading

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