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Murdoch: The damning verdict
Ownership is the key to the corruption of the media
'...any doubt about the scale of collusion, corruption and cover-up between News International, politicians and police a year after the phone-hacking scandal exploded is now strictly for the pathologically credulous, or those actually on the payroll.'
Police and public officials still being offered thousands of pounds for information on celebrity private lives
Probation and prison officers targeted by a former Metropolitan Police forensics and surveillance officer now running a news agency selling pictures and stories to newspapers
The distractions of social media, 1673 style
With the promise of a constant and unpredictable stream of news, messages and gossip, coffeehouses offered an exciting and novel platform for sharing information. So seductive was this new social environment — you never knew what you might learn on your next visit, or who you might meet — that coffeehouse denizens found themselves whiling away hours in reading and discussion, oblivious to the passage of time.
'It's slang': Rio responds to 'choc ice' controversy
Story of squabbling footballers making me wonder what they think racism is and why can't see that 'FBC' uttered by John Terry against his brother in a match is only the same as Rio's 'choc ice' attack on Ashley Cole on Twitter....
3,066,607 followers, one false move - why do Rio Ferdinand and the rest of the footballing tweeters bother?
"In this week's Twitter-spat news: footballer Rio Ferdinand is in lumber for LOL-ing at a tweet from a stranger in which Ashley Cole was called "a choc ice". Some people say "choc ice" is a low-level, snotty, racially motivated term meaning "black on the outside, white inside". Others say, Ferdinand most vehemently, that the term has shifted meaning to a non-racial, but definitely bitchy "fake"........"
It's our obsession with celebrity that's on trial
The Gentlemen Ranters site is a brilliant compendium of reminiscences of the great days of Fleet Street. – The Times
Television: the drug of the nation
disposable heroes of hiphoprisy-television the drug of the nation -video clip!
Television is mind control
User comment: "read the book 'brave new world' it tells u all this was coming, the truth is out there but the book rightfull[y] predicted that people would not care about finding out the truth since they['ll] be too busy with entertainment, so people are not only ignorant but they are proud of it."
Mass Media-How They Control You-Part 1
"Alan Watt-Gerald Celente and G Edward Griffin breaks down how the controllers use the mass media-sports-Madison ave and Pavlovian Dialectic to condition the Sheeple....."
Mass Media-How They Control You-Part 2
Policing the unthinkable
Strong essay by Robert MChesney opening up a valuable debate, with many further articles, on the concentration of media ownership and its disastrous consequences for democracy
Leveson: an elephantine, sloppy exercise in cut-and-paste
"Shuffling bundles in his Strand courtroom, Lord Justice Leveson offers surprisingly little original thought or research"
Leveson report: the press must respond in a robust and reasoned manner to the findings
"Legislation must protect press freedom....a proportionate and reasoned response"....a more self-critical and carefully reasoned reception of Leveson by the Observer.
Leveson report: the speed read
Is Harper exploiting cyberbully panic to reboot the Internet spying bill?
Canadian tale from MacLean's
The exiling of my film , “Exile a myth unearthed”, in the BBC
When The Guardian previewed a TV documentary that was scheduled for broadcast at 9:00 PM on BBC 4, 25 April 2013, it noted that the programme "will likely ruffle some feathers". The people whose feathers might have been ruffled must have exerted extraordinary pressure, because, at the last moment, the BBC cancelled the broadcast. Ilan Ziv, the Israeli who made the documentary, published, two days after the cancellation, an account of the pusillanimity of the BBC.....
On whistleblowers and government threats of investigation
No healthy democracy can endure when the most consequential acts of those in power remain secret and unaccountable
NSA Prism program taps in to user data of Apple, Google and others
Top-secret Prism program claims direct access to servers of firms including Google, Apple and Facebook.
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