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.
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