Aberystwyth Transitions Reading Group Blog

Winter ‘semester’ readings


Unless we change particular events for any reason, in general we’ll meet in the Glen (Glengower Hotel) on the seafront in Aberystwyth at 6pm

17 January: The Media

Three short readings from The Media Reform Coalition

1. A transcript of John Pilger’s statement on ‘Is the media now just another word for control?’ from the P.J. Harvey edited Today programme on Thursday 2 January 2014 http://www.mediareform.org.uk/blog/media-now-just-another-word-control-john-pilgers-today-programme-statement

2. Our cut-out guide to press freedom in an age of surveillance http://www.mediareform.org.uk/blog/press-freedom-brief-guide

3. Our dossier on the relationship between press and politicians, much of it taken from evidence to the Leveson Inquiry http://www.mediareform.org.uk/blog/politicians-press-year-leveson-anything-changed

14 February: War and Peace

In case we didn’t know, the centenary of World War One starts in 2014 and lasts until 2018. Reportedly, the BBC is planning around 2,500 hours of television, radio and online programming on the topic over four years! Be prepared:

Kuhn, F. P. (2012) The peace Prefix: Ambiguities of the word peace. International Peacekeeping. 19(4), 396 – 409.

And if you need more bedtime reading, there’s this classic article:

Keen, D. (2000) War and Peace: What’s the difference? International Peacekeeping. 7(4), 1-22.

14 March: Democracy

 1. Russell Brand’ss New Statesman editorial http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/2013/10/russell-brand-on-revolution

2. Stefanie Krasnow (Adbusters) No-Mo Manifesto https://www.adbusters.org/magazine/110/nomo-manifesto.html

3. Roberto Unger: The Labour Party and the British Alternative http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJq8VImEBTc&feature=c4-overview-vl&list=PLNdEBvVYMvsC3-vpYQRy_myLYbTKKAmUQ

11 April: Climate

Chatterton, P., Featherstone, D. & Routlege, P. (2012) Articulating Climate Justice in Copenhagen: Agonism, the commons and solidarity. Antipode 45(3), 602-620.

9 May To be announced

Author: masonk4

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4 thoughts on “Winter ‘semester’ readings

  1. I really like the Media Reform Coalition’s ‘about’ pages: media pluralism, ethical journalism, and investigative and local journalism (I think they’d be a good basis for a group discussion of the readings on the media)

  2. Here’s Martin Moore, Director of the Media Standards Trust, saying much the same as the Media Reform Coalition (who are they, did we ever find out?) about freedom of speech as a dissembling strategy used by media interest to prevent media regulation that wudl allow ‘a free and open encounter” between truth and falsehood’ http://www.clickonwales.org/2014/01/rhetoric-of-press-freedom-curbs-free-speech/

    I’m still with Herman and Chomsky’s propaganda model of the mass media.

    From our discussion, I remember that one thing missing from the MRC’s account – but very much present in Herman and Chomsky’s analysis – was advertising (the power of – and not just on the potential consumer of the product…)

  3. Apart from Herman and Chomsky, I found the chapter on media change and social change by Blumler abd Gurevitch in Mass Media and Society (ed Curran & Gurevitch) really useful

  4. A listening to perhaps consider in relation to the readings on peace: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03sb2v3

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