Building a More Honest Internet - Columbia Journalism Review
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In the US, radio began as a free-market free-for-all. More than five hundred radio stations sprang up in less than a decade to explore the possibilities... 40 percent were noncommercial... network of interlinked stations playing local and national content supported by local and national advertising, became dominant players...Soviet Union... ideolo…

News Publishers Go To War With the Internet — and We All Lose
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news industry trade associations are corruptly cashing in their political capital ... their members are newspapers, and politicians are scared of them — in desperate acts of protectionism to attack platform companies. The result is a raft of legislation that will damage the internet and in the end hurt everyone, including journalists and especiall…

It's the (Democracy-Poisoning) Golden Age of Free Speech | WIRED
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the capacity to spread ideas ... no longer limited by access to expensive... infrastructure. It’s limited instead by one’s ability to garner and distribute attention. And right now, the flow of the world’s attention is structured... by just a few digital platforms:... tincreasingly stand in for the public sphere itself... at their core... They’re …

European unity is meaningless without a media to match | Media | The Guardian
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There will never be an ‘EU superstate’ as long as the national presses of 28 countries are presenting 28 different visions of the European dream... there is no real union if members can’t watch together, read together, instinctively think and bind together. No news means no common purpose... A continent of many languages has no means of building b…

30/05/2016
Prepping for the AfterTrump
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"So you think “President Trump” is the worst case scenario?" - Some thoughts, originally on my oldblog and then updated on Medium:

Unfair comparisons: #sotu v #soteu
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A short post on the financial costs of not having a European Public Sphere.

09/03/2016
Exploring Translated Syndication at Future Media Lab
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Some of the interesting work I’m involved with within EurActiv’s media innovation unit

Towards a 21st century EU Communications Strategy
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“Europe’s leaders... working within a EUropean context, but answering to voters who see issues from national perspectives… With independent journalism looking like an endangered species, a EU communication strategy that helped European media build the European Public Sphere would be a smarter longterm move...

The “Other Side” Is Not Dumb
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the idea that everyone is like us is called the “false-consensus bias.”... Online it means we can be blindsided by the opinions of our friends or, more broadly, America... morphs into a subconscious belief that we and our friends are the sane ones and that there’s a crazy “Other Side” ... that just doesn’t “get it,” ... not as intelligent as “us.”…

How the P.C. Police Propelled Donald Trump
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The extremist adherents of this new political correctness have essentially taken a flamethrower to the public space and annihilated its center. Topics in American life that once were the legitimate subjects of debate between liberals and conservative are now off-limits and lead to immediate attack by the cultural establishment if raised at all. An…

04/01/2016
Brand exchange & the new citizen conversation
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Do people really want to have a conversation with brands, or their government? ... a lot of people have been talking about brands initiating meaningful conversations with consumers. So let+s talk about the conversations that governments / public bodies can have with citizens, and what this implies for the EU.

Five minutes with Timothy Garton Ash: “We’re far more European in the UK than we think we are” | British Politics and Policy at LSE
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"Q. Is it realistic to think that a European public sphere could ever be created? TGA: My view is that we should try, but we shouldn’t ever kid ourselves that this is going to be like a national public sphere. Apart from anything else, we speak different languages, which is a huge barrier. The key for me, in continuing to make the argument for …

Jean Pisani-Ferry wants the EU to work within its current mandate but to have the tools needed to carry it out. - Project Syndicate
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"Though the political conversation about Europe has gained in importance everywhere in recent years, the truth is that Europeans are not having the same conversation. That is a serious problem for Europe’s leaders: the electoral earthquake is big enough for them to feel compelled to respond to their citizens’ economic and political discontent; but…

FactCheck EU or Grilling Kippers?
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Better, perhaps, to ... get a proper culture of factchecking started for EU affairs, with crowdsourcing tools allowing anyone to check any statement... And, lo and behold, FactCheckEU launched a few days ago.

EU public sphere blogtour: half full, or half empty?
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You can go for months without a good post on the EU public sphere, and then a whole bunch come along at once.

The genesis of a European Public Sphere: Economic crisis and Lampedusa, European elections and cross-border migration | Polscieu
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"If you have been following European politics and media, online and offline, for the past 5-6 years, you cannot but notice the genesis of a European Public Sphere . This sphere may be more or less evolved depending on national media, but it clearly there, much more than it was before the last European elections and the before the start of the cris…

Mapping the EU digital public sphere(s)
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Came out just after my post on applying network theory and the EU online public sphere: "For those of us who are interested in understanding and participating in the EU digital public sphere(s), social network analysis offers a useful way to identify key influencers and map different communities. I can see plenty of practical applications (for e…

Factchecking enters 'Conversation' in Oz : Columbia Journalism Review
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"and the idea was to get academic expertise and research into the broader public conversation."

Introducing the Brussels Bubble to some of its denizens
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Do we have a EU online public space? “If you know what EUR-LEX is, or have already forgotten how many Presidents the EU has and why, then you are part of the Brussels Bubble” - Speech, Civil Society Day, EESC, May 2012

An alternative overarching EU communication strategy?
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So how about an alternative ‘wide public’ communication strategy for the EU’s Institutions, particularly the parts which care about the wider public: support the emergence of the EU Online Public Space. One of my last posts on my oldblog that didn’t rehash older posts (the reason why I closed it soon after).

16/01/2012
EU Online Public Space – the PreziCast (updated)
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I was asked to give a training on the EU online public space to political science PhDs …On a whim I decided to record the audio, so I could try to make a Prezicast

Do we need more EU platforms, or sustainable EU media?
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What the European online public space actually needs is a healthy ecosystem of sustainable media businesses, not a series of one-off platforms that come and go like moths in the night, driving media start-ups out of business with the help of public funds.

02/11/2011
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.

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