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Govt journalism and politics lecture 2019

lecture to LSE Govt dept January 2019

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Govt journalism and politics lecture 2019

  1. 1. Journalism and politics Prof Charlie Beckett GV311 2019
  2. 2. • How have new technologies changed the relationship between journalism and politics?
  3. 3. What does journalism do for politics? • Information [facts, records, statistics, events, policies] • Deliberation [debate, analysis, comment, opinion] • Agency [investigation, audit, voice for citizen, campaigns]
  4. 4. Politicians News Media Public
  5. 5. With new technologies come new forms of message control
  6. 6. In the face of media hostility, spin harder?
  7. 7. 2015 UK GE
  8. 8. 2017 UK GE
  9. 9. EU Referendum 2016
  10. 10. Political reporting is now networked Media Politicians Citizens
  11. 11. Anti-media politics: Trump
  12. 12. Trump and MSM: attention, alienation, assault
  13. 13. Trump and MSM: attention, alienation, assault
  14. 14. Trump and MSM: attention, alienation, assault
  15. 15. Disrupting media logic as a strategy
  16. 16. Corbyn’s solution: bypass MSM
  17. 17. Rampant relativism as a strategy
  18. 18. We publish fake news, you decide
  19. 19. Vicious cycle of disruptive political media Disruptive ‘spin’ Increased public scepticism and relativism More aggressive media, fact checking, partisan media Increased public polarisation? Politics more social media orientated: more fake news and targeted campaigning
  20. 20. Post-truth or multi-truth?
  21. 21. Misinformation now manufactured
  22. 22. “Fake news”
  23. 23. Political communications now driven by data and the platforms
  24. 24. Getting worse before it gets better? •1. Governments, corporations, lobby groups now investing in information manipulation •2. New channels, platforms and networks will provide fresh distribution outlets for misinformation •3. Failure to address systematic problem means we treat symptoms not structural challenges
  25. 25. Has the post-Enlightenment dream of an informed society turned into digital dystopia?
  26. 26. The new subjective normal? Hyper partisan, affective political journalism
  27. 27. Is journalism part of the solution or the problem?
  28. 28. THE END