Before and after the recent attacks on Syria by the US, UK, and France, a predictable spectrum emerged. At one end it was argued that the attacks would risk stepping up a conflagration leading to World War 3.
The news cycle moves so quickly nowadays. While the row about Labour and anti-semitism continues to rumble on in the background, it may be time to consider the broader context of that furor.
Corbyn, Anti-Semitism and The Media. A letter to The Guardian this week outlines severe concerns about the recent controversy surrounding Jeremy Corbyn and anti-semitism. The letter is signed by dozens of academics, which might lead some to dismiss it as the work of the much-maligned “liberal elite.”
As if getting to the bottom of some stories wasn’t hard enough already, the technology to produce fake videos has advanced to the point where it could soon be commonplace.
Recent revelations about the methods of Cambridge Analytica via the whistleblower, Christopher Wylie and Channel 4 confirm the worst and more about what many have suspected for some time.
Is “Platform Power” Crushing the Web? Alarm bells were sounded this week by Tim Berners Lee, creator of the World Wide Web, over the increasing domination of the internet by a very small number of sites.
Last week’s announcement from Culture Secretary Matt Hancock, that a 2nd phase of The Leveson Inquiry would not be pursued and that some aspects of potential press regulation would be repealed, may not be a huge surprise but it still marks a disappointing “get-out-of-jail” card for the billionaire elite propagandists who have so much power over the government.
In this Week’s Media Alert from The Media Fund: The details of a Russian ‘Troll Factory”, an increase in people paying for online news, Media Democracy Festival and our picks of the week!