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Articles tagged “media”

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China’s struggle for control over information flow

Freedom for newspapers to report in Hong Kong may be under threat

Kevin Lau, former chief editor of prominent Hong Kong newspaper Ming Pao, was critically wounded in an assault many see as an act of suppressing the freedom of the press. On the following Sunday, March 2, thousands of journalists and citizens rallied near the Hong Kong government complex to denounce the violence against one of Hong Kong’s major contributors to journalism.

“They can’t kill us all,” reads the banner. Despite the lack of conclusive evidence that the assault has connections with the government, the public fears …

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0 comments | Tags: Kevin Lau, Ai Weiwei, Press Regulations, Hong Kong, China, Journalism, media, Internet, censorship

Attractiveness: an equal concern for men and women?

Even Jennifer Lawrence isn’t safe from the vitriol of the attractiveness police.

If you pay any attention to the media at all, you might have realized that we’re now smack dab in the middle of what is known as the awards season. It’s basically the few months where the majority of the annual music, movie, and television awards shows take place, culminating in the most prestigious awards show of the bunch, the Academy Awards. Throughout the season, celebrities are scrutinized for every single thing they do – their acceptance speech, the number of awards they’ve been nominated …

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0 comments | Tags: attractiveness, Academy Awards, student life, media, feminism, equality, careers

What springs to mind when you think of the word ‘heroes’?

Are we attracted to a new type of hero?

Possibly 10 years ago it might have been the ‘underwear on the outside’, caped, mysterious figure who flies from disaster to disaster saving the damsels in distress and defeating the ‘baddies’. Or the suave, tuxedo wearing, ‘James Bond-esque’ type who drives from disaster to disaster ‘saving’ the damsel in distress and defeating the ‘baddies’.

However, as the years have continued it seems our idea of a hero has dramatically altered. Or has it?

These days, TV ratings appear to show how the intellectual, border-line neurotic characters are becoming the …

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0 comments | Tags: Sherlock, James Bond, Television, superhero, stereotypes, Steven Moffat, childhood, Doctor Who, Benedict Cumberbatch, media, BBC

Here’s To Critical Dialogue

Reports Robin Thicke has had his surname changed to include the hashtag symbol go unconfirmed

Lately we have been bombarded by poignant blog entries, witty tweets, and boisterous Facebook statuses revolving around the controversial lyrics of Robin Thicke’s ‘Blurred Lines’. The world hadn’t seen so well articulated feminists since the times of de Beauvoir, or so passionate liberals since Voltaire was around. Everybody rushed to the barricades of their preferred side and started crafting bulletproof, heartfelt opinions about the song. Me? I was loving it! Not the song, but the fact that people were, in one way or …

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0 comments | Tags: Blurred Lines, music charts, Robin Thicke, society, media

DBF Review: Jeremy Vine: It’s All News to Me

Jeremy Vine has had a colourful career as an “eminent media all-rounder”.

Jeremy Vine’s distinguished career has ranged from working for regional newspapers, being the BBC’s Africa correspondent, presenting on Newsnight and, now, hosting his Radio 2 show; with a shooting in Bosnia, dressing up in disguise so as not to get lynched by Jimmy Young fans, and run-ins with various panjandrums scattered throughout. Given this, it is unsurprising that the broadcaster has recently had a book published to mark his 25 years at the BBC. He certainly has a lot to say, and judging by …

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0 comments | Tags: Graeme Thompson, It's all News to Me, Newsnight, Jeremy Vine, BBC Radio 2, media, BBC, Africa

Stop Horsing Around?

Horsemeat: could you spot the difference?

It appears that the horsemeat scandal has swept the tabloids of the nation. But two fundamental questions still linger: what does it tell us? And why should we care?

Without a doubt, the scandal has evoked mixed feelings. Certainly, the false packaging of processed foods has left many consumers feeling deceived, disgruntled and perhaps rather disturbed as to which other foodstuffs are also incorrectly labelled, or contain traces of unwelcome substances. As Hubbard rightly addresses, consumers are in no doubt that the quality of the meat in the post (Klute) Friday night kebab probably …

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0 comments | Tags: Processed food, Contamination, Consumer attitudes, Supply chains, Horsemeat scandal, media, food

Is ‘knowledge’ elitist?

A rusty lock just waiting to break?

We were sad to hear about the death of internet activist Aaron Swartz. We started thinking about the rights and wrongs of ownership on the net. This might seem extremely abstract, but next year we will be poor, disenfranchised from the might of Durham university, and unable to get onto JStor (unless we do a super-expensive masters). There’s a baby sitting opposite us in the Starbucks baby club that won’t be able to get onto JStor, because it doesn’t have any money. What kind of a world is this …

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1 comment | Tags: Aaron Swartz, American government, opinion, media, Internet, education

Fabulous at Fifty: Bond Celebrates Semi-Centenary in Skyfall

007 returns in the highly anticipated Skyfall

Audiences have been waiting four long years for their next Bond fix, and finally last weekend, Skyfall hit cinemas. Hailed as the best Bond yet, it didn’t have to do very much to improve upon the dreary 2008 Quantum of Solace – if you never got round to seeing it, the Bond girl is called Strawberry Fields and nothing much happened. Skyfall marked fifty years of Bond; fifty years of proving that Pinewood could keep up with Hollywood and fifty years of product placement from Aston Martin – which is never a bad thing …

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0 comments | Tags: anniversaries, review, media, film, James Bond, Skyfall


“Mothers’ lonely hearts cradling chipped coffee mugs…”
Marches, homosexuals, phantoms & crucifixes,
brides & bridegrooms, perfumes, angels –
in my warring heart, in black & white photographs.

Part 1

Yesterday through the rain shone bleak libraries full of tears;
thunderous manuscripts of terror & tenderness,
cast down by the uniform flood, by men clad in black,
mutating naked heroes into media superstars
for media superstardom,
cast down wholly with the rusted carousel,
cast down for the demi-gods, the idols,
for celestial cocktail waitresses
and star-spangled glittery cock-suckers,
for lizard-skin skirts dancing around democracy,
sweat and scars;
a thousand orgies erupting

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1 comment | Tags: industry, creative competition, popular culture, poetry, media

Science, Energy and the Media

Fairly represented by the media?

When I asked Max and Thom if I could run a Science and Technology section for their upcoming creation ‘The Bubble’ I had no idea what it would really involve. What I knew was that I cared about science and technology and thought that others would want to read about it too. During my tenure I’ve learnt about the responsibility of reporting, and furthermore, that distorting the facts and bad reporting are perhaps worse than not reporting something at all.

As I have said in earlier articles, it is no longer good enough to …

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0 comments | Tags: nuclear, media, energy
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