The Rise and Rise of Columnism


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This discussion on Resonance FM, despite the odd clip at the beginning from the previous program and the Stephen Merchant style intro from the host, is worth listening to in the context of Irish newspapers attempt to extract money through a dubious reading of Ireland copyright law from NGOs for ‘links’.

The points addressed include the drop in advertising revenue across all newspapers, following the fall off in readers; the rise of the internet and the way that newspaper use columnists, and their sense of outrage on the issues of the day, as a deflection from their complete lack of serious investigative news journalism. The close connections between the political establishment and the media is also mentioned, as is the lack of scrutiny of British journalism.


This week’s discussion features James Butler (@piercepenniless) Laurie Penny (@PennyRed) and Aaron Peters (@aaronjohnpeters) as they discuss Ulrike Meinhoff’s essay ‘on Columnism’ and it’s relationship to the limits of contemporary journalism and dominant media practices.

‘On Columnism’ can be found here and James Butler has also written an accompanying essay which can be found here.


3 Responses

  1. Donagh

    January 10, 2013 11:28 am

    Thanks for that LatC, I should have tested my html before hitting the publish button. Shoddy, I say, but they’re fixed now. Ulrike Meinhoff’s essay is very interesting too in light of Hugh Linehan’s attempt today to put more distance between the Irish Times, who are now internationally being perceived as idiots, and the NNI.

    Of course, in order for that point to make any sense I’d have to fashion a post or something, which I will try to do later if my head doesn’t explode with nonsensical arguments being chucked about.

  2. LeftAtTheCross

    January 10, 2013 11:36 am

    Yes, Meinhoff’s essay is pretty powerful alright. I wonder how she would have felt about the internet.

    The Linehan piece in today’s IT is (by IT standards) not bad.

    Your point does make sense. Don’t worry about the exploding head syndrome. There’s a lot of it about. It continues to amaze me how some of you lot (bloggers) can produce such insightful material amidst the over-powering flood of infuriating nonsense that masks the class warfare that’s going on behind it. Keep it up.