Should journalism strive for objectivity?

Early in the first season of HBO’s The Newsroom, a series set around a prime-time cable newscast, ‘News Night’, a dramatic declaration initiates a major ‘arc’ of the program.

The executive producer, MacKenzie McHale, outlines a new editorial concept for the program: ‘News Night 2.0’:

‘This is a new … Read More

Our emerging digital society

Over the last two decades, our general view of mass communication in modern society has been extensively reconfigured by the ‘new media’ applications stemming from the rollout of digital technologies. In so many different ways, digital media have come to be seen as the definitive technology of our times. The … Read More

Publicity, privacy and the personal lives of politicians in media-saturated democracies

Is media coverage of politics becoming more focused on the private lives of politicians across democracies?

It is often remarked that the personal lives of politicians, like those of sports, film and television stars and host of other celebrities, have become a familiar part of the public’s daily media consumption. … Read More

Feeding our imagination: Reflections on the media diet

We tend to think of imagination as something private, a personal creative faculty of the mind that is unique to us.

But our capacity to imagine isn’t produced as some kind of spontaneous generation. Imagination must be nourished, as Luc Boltanski says.

Who feeds our imagination in the modern age? … Read More

George Miller interviews Danny Miller (no relation)

The text below is an edited transcript of a longer interview, which you can see on its full glory on YouTube.

George Miller:
When we met recently it was to discuss Danny’s new book, Tales from Facebook, which looks at the consequences of being a Facebook user on … Read More

Europe’s contemporary media field

This book offers a comprehensive overview of the contemporary media field in Europe. It examines the current structure of the various sectors that make up the European media market (broadcasting, the press, the internet), and identifies and assesses the major players and issues. It covers a broad spread of media … Read More

Nabil Dajani on the Arab origins of print media

Several researchers of the Arab print media inaccurately claim that Islam prohibited printing and assume that printing began with Gutenberg. Thus they begin their study of Arab print media from the period of what I consider to be the dark age of the Arab world, the demise of the Ottoman … Read More

Why Zizek refreshes the parts other theorists cannot reach.

 Paul Taylor, author of Zizek and the Media, blogs on an unlikely academic celebrity.

Slavoj Zizek is a discombobulating tour de force who, more than any other living intellectual, embodies “the Heineken effect” – he refreshes the parts other theorists cannot reach. Love him or loathe him, Zizek Read More