Archive for July, 2011

25 July 2011


Norway has just held its minute’s silence for the victims of last week’s shootung. The hearing is being held behind closed doors at the moment. News outlets – internet, tv, radio, papers – are covering the events live.Later, someone will need to analyse this coverage. Perhaps analyse the “explanations” given for this killing spree compared to others in which the gunman was not western European, white, Christian. I have not heard such expressly evaluative language in the news for a long time. Not simply evaluative of the horendous deed – that part of the reporting is similar to that during 9/11, Beslan or 7/7. But evaluative of the gunman (who I am not going to name, because he has enough media presence already).

As the days pass, it seems to me that the explanation of his actions has shifted from his right-wing beliefs/ideology to his mental capacities. Today’s news has expounded at large on how mentally instable he is. Mad, crazy, not right in the head. Is this his defence lawyer’s work? To get a more lenient sentence? Or is it connected to the often repeated discursive mechanism that “they” are led to kill because of their beliefs, families, environment, socialisation, whereas “we” are led to kill because of mental delusions?

This distinct way of reporting compounds the sadness for me. Why is it apparently so easy to understand why some people have bombed civilians, yet so difficult to understand why others have?


10 July 2011

Diversity of Journalisms

New book, with 28 original papers on a broad range of aspects of Diversity of Journalisms. Includes papers on wikileaks, narratology, ipad journalism, convergence, balance as a source of misinformation, twitter, news agencies, community and audience participation.

Download the eBook (8.25 MB)

Diversity of Journalisms. Proceedings of the ECREA Journalism Studies Section and 26th International Conference of Communication (CICOM) at University of Navarra, Pamplona, 4-5 July 2011, edited by Ramón Salaverría, is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
8 July 2011

Big Loss for Big Media

Another success for Free Press in the US – and for the individuals who took action to save public media!

We won!

Today, in a sweeping victory for communities across the country, a federal appeals court overturned the Federal Communications Commission’s attempt to weaken media ownership rules.

Had these rules gone into effect, it would have unleashed a new wave of media consolidation across the country.

In 2007, the FCC ignored letters and calls from millions of Americans and tried to rewrite its media ownership rules to let companies own both newspapers and TV or radio stations in the same town. This change would have opened the floodgates to new media mergers, leading to even more layoffs in newsrooms while thinning out diverse perspectives from local news.

We sued the FCC for ignoring the public outcry. Today, we won. The court tossed out the FCC’s flawed rules, but also upheld all other media consolidation restrictions and told the FCC it needed to do better to support and foster diverse voices in the media – all crucial decisions for our fight to build better media.

This isn’t just our victory – it’s your victory, too.

The court pointed to public comments from people like you as deciding factor in overturning the FCC’s attempt to change its rules. Today it’s clear: Your voice and actions make a huge difference.

This court decision should send a wake-up call to the FCC: It must listen to the public and stand up against media consolidation in all its forms.

But the fight doesn’t end here. Right now around the country, local stations are using loopholes and backroom deals to get around media ownership rules and consolidate their coverage of local news. This court case makes clear that the FCC needs to strengthen their rules and address this growing epidemic as well. Click here to tell the FCC to stop this covert media consolidation.

Today’s victory is a big moment for the movement to build better media. We couldn’t have done it without you.


Craig Aaron
President & CEO
Free Press

2 July 2011

Assange and Zizek live

Live today on Democracy Now! A podium discussion between Julian Assange and Slavoj Žižek, chaired by Amy Goodman. With Berlin based discoursologists in the audience.

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2 July 2011

Jon Stewert a discoursologist

On yesterday’s Daily Show (Thurs 30. June 2011), Jon Stewart commented on one story: “I used to think reality shapes politics, now it’s clear: politics shapes reality.” Dynamic critical journalism meets discourse theory.