United States: How public feuds on social media and reality TV play out​ in court – Shontavia Johnson

28 07 2017

File 20170725 28293 13xq8a7Free expression on TV and social media generates big ratings and even bigger online followings. Unscripted reality stars claim to bring their authentic expressions to the public through these channels. Beyond influencing the court of public opinion, though, can reality stars wind up in legal trouble for these actions? Read the rest of this entry »





Unveiling BBC talent’s pay is a deliberate attempt to undermine a great British institution – Steven Barnett

20 07 2017

Anyone who seriously believes that a government dictat obliging the BBC to reveal salaries of its top talent was genuinely driven by concerns about accountability should look carefully at those who champion the cause. Read the rest of this entry »





Why licensing journalists won’t end the scourge of ‘fake news’ – Christopher Waddell

19 07 2017

File 20170712 19642 u1ay9iShould journalists be licensed? The Conversation Canada commissioned two articles to argue for and against the idea. The counterpoint of this argument – putting the arguments on the other side – was published yesterday. Read the rest of this entry »





‘CanadaCreep’ case highlights need for better Canadian privacy laws – Emily Laidlaw

12 07 2017

File 20170628 31267 1c3yd07The story broke in mid-June of “CanadaCreep”, the Twitter account with 17,000 followers that posted photos and videos of unsuspecting women around Calgary.  The kicker was that the material focused on women’s breast, genital and buttocks regions, including “upskirting” videos (filmed up women’s skirts). Read the rest of this entry »





Why it’s important to understand social media’s dark history – Nicholas Bowman

9 07 2017
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It was in April 2016 that Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg announced that the social media platform was providing its nearly two billion users the opportunity to livestream content. Read the rest of this entry »





Daily Mail vs The Guardian: why did editor Paul Dacre lose his rag? – Steven Barnett

24 06 2017
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“Words have consequences. They lead to actions.” So wrote Peter Oborne, the maverick right-leaning Daily Mail columnist about the shocking events in north London recently when a white van deliberately ran into a crowd of Muslims outside a mosque, killing one and injuring several others. Read the rest of this entry »





Don’t believe the pundits: it’s too soon to dismiss the power of the red tops – Angela Phillips

16 06 2017

In the aftermath of the UK elections, there has been much speculation that the power of the Tory supporting tabloids is on the wane, diminished by social media and a youth surge to the left. This would be a very sudden demise. After all, it was those very same tabloids that, just a year ago, were credited with pulling off their greatest political coup by convincing large numbers of their working-class readers to vote Brexit. Read the rest of this entry »