How to cure media amnesia – Laura Basu

12 07 2018

I’ve written previously about the role played by media amnesia in the decade of austerity and general doom we’ve found ourselves in since the 2008 financial crisis. Briefly, after the banking collapse, private debt became public debt as governments saved their banking sectors and the credit crunch led to a deep recession. Read the rest of this entry »





Theresa May, the press and a lesson from history – Brian Cathcart

29 01 2017

baldwinOne of the decisions that Theresa May must make in the next few weeks will define her as a prime minister – and it is not about Brexit. The fateful choice before her is between, on the one hand, standing up to the corporate national newspapers and becoming a political leader in her own right, and on the other, accepting that, for as long as they allow her to remain in Downing Street, she must be their doormat. Read the rest of this entry »





Five reasons why we don’t have a free and independent press in the UK and what we can do about it – Ed Jones

30 12 2016

While most of us don’t trust journalists, many of us are still under the illusion that we have a free and independent press. The truth is we don’t. Here’s five reasons why we should be very sceptical of the information we read in the corporate media and why there is hope for the future. Read the rest of this entry »





We need European regulation of Facebook and Google – Leighton Andrews

23 12 2016

google-and-facebookOver the weekend, Facebook sent me a link to a video they had made of my activity on their site over the last year. To my mind, that was more proof, if any were needed, that Facebook is a media company, despite all its protestations. Read the rest of this entry »





Small steps in the struggle for digital rights? – Paul Bernal

18 10 2016

jeremy-corbynWhen Jeremy Corbyn launched his ‘Digital Democracy Manifesto’ at the end of August, he may not have inspired, but he was at least attempting to get to grips with something that really matters: how governments should deal with the internet. Read the rest of this entry »