Learning from #EUSuperGirl & Luc van den Brande (Top3ics, December 2017)
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I’ve recently published five posts on three interrelated ideas, two projects one report and a workshop. That happened because the competition brought a Brussels Bubble Outsider to Brussels. Which happens to be one principle of the participation model I presented at the EWRC workshop. Full circle.

Does the Brussels Bubble care enough?
medium.com
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Engaging Europeans with the EU requires a new Brussels Bubble culture - fourth of several posts written in reaction to Luc van den Brand’s Reaching out to EU Citizens: A New Opportunity.

There Really Was A Liberal Media Bubble
fivethirtyeight.com
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Groupthink produced a failure of the “wisdom of crowds” and an underestimate of Trump’s chances... political experts aren’t a very diverse group and tend to place a lot of faith in the opinions of other experts and other members of the political establishment. Once a consensus view is established, it tends to reinforce itself ... Social media, esp…

Venture-backed US media: over-funded & over here?
mathew.blogactiv.eu

If you care about EU democracy you need to care about European media... as the upcoming US media invasion gets underway... VC-fuelled trends in US news - clickbait, corporate journalism, native advertising - and what this new generation of media will find when they expand into Brussels.

What “The Filter Bubble” means for the Brussels Bubble
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Eurosceptics will see only content negative about the EU, and those within the Brussels Bubble crowd won’t see anything to disturb their worldview, either. You can argue, of course, that this is already the case… the Filter Bubble is going to make communicating about the EU even harder.

The Brussels bubble may be growing, but it’s still a bubble
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A sort of virtual version of Brussels is emerging, projected into social media but unconnected to much else, where people meet online to continue their conversations from last night’s Place Luxembourg cocktail party

Vacancies: Specialists required to build bridges
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A cohort of specialists blogging about the EU-level issues in their particular subject would give those who don’t understand the EU a ‘handle’ on how the EU affects their field.... Some early thoughts ... popping the Brussels Bubble.

Happy Birthday, Blogactiv!
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Blogactiv had its first birthday today... October 15, 2007... what really sticks in my memory was the eurosceptics. It led to an interesting experiment in handling certain types of online debate... The Pyjama People... immediate assumption was that Blogactiv was an EU-funded front company... CIA-style ... spewing EU falsehoods into the blogosphere…

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