Margaret Atwood: tried on social media, convicted by the press – Sharon Coen

30 01 2018

File 20180122 46244 j6xv91.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1The struggling economics of news organisations these days means that it’s cheap to report debates and controversies taking place on social media and so these rows, especially when they involve well-known people, get more prominent coverage in newspapers and news bulletins than they deserve. Read the rest of this entry »





Electioneering in the social media age – Sharon Coen

19 05 2017

File 20170517 24325 1sse1htBritain is engaged in a General Election contest and once again political parties are investing money, time and energy in their online presence. The Tories are ploughing cash into Instagram adverts and Labour is doing its best to keep up. Read the rest of this entry »





Is social media making Britain’s political debate more extreme? – Sharon Coen

18 06 2016

image-20160617-11101-10t47f7In the fraught atmosphere gripping Britain following the killing of Jo Cox MP, there is deep concern about the tone of political debate in the country. There is no suggestion social media played a direct role in the crime, but attention has fallen on how more generally it may foment people’s anger. Read the rest of this entry »





Six ways Twitter has changed the world – Sharon Coen, Deborah Chambers, Kirsty Fairclough-Isaacs, Philip James and Richard Jones

20 03 2016

TwitterAfter 10 years of documenting the world in 140 characters, Twitter now has more than 300m active users. This might be far fewer than Facebook’s 1.5 billion, but Twitter arguably has a disproportionate influence on the world, partly because it attracts a significant number of politicians, journalists, and celebrities. Our expert panel explain how their field has been changed by the little blue bird. Read the rest of this entry »