Alt-Left vs. Alt-Right

Alt-Left vs. Alt-Right

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[Note: In this essay, I only discuss the cultural aspects of the left-right divide, and leave the economic aspects to others who have a far better grasp of these. Of course, culture and economics are not entirely separable, and I regret any blind spots that may result from this.] What has been called the “alt-right” is only the mirror […]

Don’t Rely on the ‘Trump Bump’ – Journalism’s Future is Still Bleak

Don’t Rely on the ‘Trump Bump’ – Journalism’s Future is Still Bleak

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With the election of Donald Trump, there was a mixture of glee sprinkled in with the horror in the world of reporters and opinion writers. The new president was an easy target, both for his outrageous statements and for the ever growing cast of leaks which surrounded him, on everything from his alleged charity to work […]

Unequal Web Access isn’t the ‘Third World’s’ Problem

Unequal Web Access isn’t the ‘Third World’s’ Problem

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Considering the many rights which we routinely see trampled upon in the news today, making the case of access to the internet seems a little frivolous. After all, this the era when millenials are pilloried for avocado toast on Instagram, whilst we’re told by a succession of psychologists and journalists that smartphones are destroying the […]

What ISIS and its critics get equally wrong about early Islamic history

What ISIS and its critics get equally wrong about early Islamic history

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As the star of ISIS (apparently) begins to fade, it is perhaps worth interrogating its vision of returning to Islam in its original, pure form. A Salafi Islamist movement, ISIS seeks to purge contemporary Islam of its heretical accretions. Its English-language magazine Dabiq, explains that the Khilafah [caliphate] could not be established except through a jama’ah [group] […]

Explainer: Austrian Elections

Explainer: Austrian Elections

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Whilst British politics has been in turmoil over the past few months (even ignoring Theresa May’s disastrous speech to her own party), Europe’s attention has been rather rudely diverted by events in Austria. After the shock success of the Alternative fur Deutschland at Germany’s elections shattered the nation’s belief in its immunity to populism, legislative […]

Explainer: Alternativ für Deutschland

Explainer: Alternativ für Deutschland

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In 2012, a group of German luminaries of some stature – including a former state secretary of Hesse, a veteran journalist, and a professor of macroeconomics – started a party as an alternative to Angela Merkel’s government. The Eurozone crisis was at its fiercest, with Grexit looking significantly more likely than Brexit as austerity measures grew […]

Explainer: Regulating Hate Speech and Extremism Online

Explainer: Regulating Hate Speech and Extremism Online

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There’s very little that can’t be blamed on the internet, in the grand tradition of new technologies. The same arguments which paint cyberspace as a corrupting, seductive force have long been laid at the feet of television, gaming, and practically any innovation. And yet it’s hard not to feel that there’s something palpable in those claims. […]

Explainer: Data Protection in the Age of Big Leaks

Explainer: Data Protection in the Age of Big Leaks

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Hacking is the news story which keeps on giving. Gone are the images of ostentatious cyberpunk  seeking to bring down the Man; in its place is a class of savvy, slick criminals, taking advantage of the negligence of corporations with access to massive amounts of our data. Whether through the installation of ransomware, spearfishing, or Trojan […]

Why the Rise of State Media Requires Savvy Reading

Why the Rise of State Media Requires Savvy Reading

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The Fourth Estate, in 1787, was an embodiment of the ‘speak truth to power’ mantra. “[Edmund] Burke said there were Three Estates in Parliament; but, in the Reporters’ Gallery yonder, there sat a Fourth Estate more important far than they all,” as Thomas Carlyle wrote. Burke, pictured above, would never have seen the radio, the […]

The rise of citizen journalist isn’t all bad news for mass media

The rise of citizen journalist isn’t all bad news for mass media

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I discussed Yochai Benkler’s The Wealth of Networks a few weeks back – a seminal text which predicts (amongst other things) the weakening of mass media in the face of a growing ‘prosumer’ movement. If some of Benkler’s other prophecies have not come true (most pointedly the death of intellectual property), the change of media […]

The Fightback Against Misinformation – and Why Propaganda is so Hard to Beat

The Fightback Against Misinformation – and Why Propaganda is so Hard to Beat

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The misinformation industry has had a bit of a boom over the past year or so. On the one end of the spectrum, there are the amateurs: such as right-wing activists like the Gateway Pundit, or InfoWars-style conspiracy theorists. Many of their attempts are sensationalist, relying on an audience already primed to believe fringe theories. Perhaps more worrying […]

Thought Leadership: Marketing Automation Is Your Secret Weapon

Thought Leadership: Marketing Automation Is Your Secret Weapon

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The phrase marketing automation has been gaining traction for quite a while now. That’s not much of a surprise. Marketing automation reduces time spent on repetitive marketing workflows. It gives great breadth of individualisation based on actionable insights. It ensures a personalised relationship with each customer at scale. It can increase revenue, it suits all […]