Media

Ansip and Oettinger — the odd couple

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Facebook status: It’s complicated. When the bright and powerful gather this week at Commissioner Günther Oettinger’s “mini-Davos” for two days of skiing, schmoozing and… JOANNA PLUCINSKA Politico The yearly confab in the idyllic Austrian ski town of Lech will include lobbyists, EU heavyweights and industry… With the conference in its sixth year, invitations are more… Ansip and Oettinger… Read More »

Martyrdom and Media

Media - DS

Although sensitivity toward others’ griefs can diminish over time for those who have not lost their loved ones, journalists must respect the pain and wishes of families while covering the story Ibrahim Altay Daily Sabah When we immerse ourselves with our jobs and start to get swept by the fast flowing nature of the news, it is easy to forget that there is more to journalism than reaching the maximum audience… Martyrdom and… Read More »

Outrage makes you feel good, but doesn’t change minds

Opinion - The Guardian

The left must learn that moral outrage will never win an argument Sonia Sodha The Guardian It took but a quick click, but even as I joined the collective expression of disgust on social media at last week’s Daily Mail “Legs-it” front page I felt a bit sheepish. Not because juxtaposing Outrage makes you… Read More »

New World Disorder – Disintegration Stage Commences

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The mainstream media has a new in vogue phrase and you are sure to have heard it by now – ‘the rules based international order (or system)’. Graham Vanbergen Global Research The Royal Institute of International Affairs based in London, commonly known as Chatham House commented a several years ago that“Economic and political upheavals are emboldening… New World Disorder… Read More »

World Agrees To Just Take Down Internet For A While Until They Can Find A Good Use For It

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NEW YORK—Saying the global computer network will cease to be available to users as of midnight tonight, the people of the world announced plans Wednesday to shut down the entire internet… Godaddy The Onion According to the earth’s 7.5 billion inhabitants, the internet—a technology that allows every human on the face of the planet to communicate and share data with every other human—seemed like an… World Agrees To… Read More »

The Public Enemies of World Truth

World truth - Global Research

Why can’t 21st century media just report news and separate opinion? Phil Butler Global Research Maybe straight news that allows readers, viewers, and listeners to discern the truth is just inefficient. Maybe the few… The Public Enemies… Read More »

Russian and America Media Polarization: Where It Comes From, Where It’s Going

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This is how the media—in Russia as well as the American free market—helps shape public opinion. Maria Snegovaya The National Interest Both Russians and Republicans now seem to like each other more. These similar trends… Russian and America… Read More »

Russia’s new protest generation

Russia - Al Jazeera

In Russia a new generation of discontented youth has come of age. Roman Dobrokhotov Al Jazeera News Last Sunday mass demonstrations took place in almost 100 Russian cities. They were the… Russia’s new protest… Read More »

How the rubber ducky became a potent protest symbol

Rubber ducky symbol

Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic was in Moscow when protesters carrying images of a yellow rubber duck marched against top-level corruption. Leonid Bershidsky Brisbane Times What he saw was a global ducky conspiracy. “I don’t believe… How the rubber… Read More »

‘Who decides what’s fake news and what isn’t?’

Fake news - RT

When you consider what comprises fake news… do you ponder, for example, reports that there were weapons of mass destruction? Lionel RT Or is that flawed news? Lionel, legal and… ‘Who decides what’s… Read More »

Fake News: The Unravelling of US Empire From Within

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Setting the Stage of the Press-President War Prof. John McMurtry Global Research US ruling ideology and Washington power have become unstuck as never before. A war of… Fake News: The… Read More »

Discriminative ‘freedom’ of press

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With the European Parliament’s distribution ban on Daily Sabah for trumped-up reasons, the so-called champions of free media resonated in minds with hypocrisy once again Ibrahim Altay Daily Sabah It is always sobering to see selective reasoning and pick-and-choose tactics being used when it comes to basic freedoms, especially by people and entities that always touted themselves as the champions of those values. Granted, it would… Discriminative ‘freedom’ of… Read More »

How the rise of a liberal, social media–savvy generation is changing Chinese society

China - VOX

BEIJING — Lucifer does not follow Chinese politics. Alec Ash VOX The 28-year-old musician in Beijing — who chose his English name “to be different” — doesn’t read state media. He cannot name… How the rise… Read More »

How US Flooded the World with Psyops

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Special Report: The mainstream U.S. media obsesses over Russian “propaganda” yet the U.S. government created a “psyops” bureaucracy three decades ago to flood the… Robert Parry ConsortiumNews Newly declassified documents from the Reagan presidential library help explain how the U.S. government developed its sophisticated psychological operations capabilities that – over the… How US Flooded… Read More »

Global series: politics in the age of social media

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US president Donald Trump, who gets on Twitter the moment he wakes up, may be social media’s most prominent politician user, but he is hardly the only one. Catesby Holmes, Clea Chakraverty, Fabrice Rousselot et al The Conversation For the past two decades, world leaders have leveraged the power of the internet to communicate with the public. In some nations, digital tools are part of an effort to increase government transparency and accountability. In others, they Global series: politics… Read More »

The media response to the Westminster attack reflects a divided country

Media - The Guardian

All of us responded to this atrocity in our tribes. We feel emotional, visceral indignation today, but must face the risks with calm reason Polly Toynbee The Guardian Well, how did we do? We knew this… The media response… Read More »