Industry, Technology and Politics
Alec Charles The Abuse of Power: Savile, Leveson and the Internet
The opening episode of Aaron Sorkin’s HBO drama series The Newsroom (2012) of fered an idealized reminder of the ideals to which journalism may aspire, a reminder of the responsibilities of the journalist in a world in which, cliché though it is, ‘there’s nothing more important in democracy than a well-informed electorate’ – a reminder, then, that the debate over the future of journalism is still worth the words. That is a debate which this collection endeavours to continue. In October 2008 Gavin Stewart and I staged a conference which we called – somewhat portentously – The End of Journalism. As we went on to explain – perhaps somewhat pretentiously – what we meant by this phrase was intentionally ambiguous – we meant it both eschatologically and teleologically – which was to say that the changes being wrought to journalism by the impact of new technologies, and of emerging economic, cultural and political conditions, might not necessarily represent the end of journalism as its demise but might in fact represent its end as an aim, a goal. In 2011 we published a collection of essays which had sprung out of this conference, also entitled The End of Journalism. In the three years which had elapsed since the original conference, much had changed, and that book ref lected those changes. And much has, of course, changed since then. So when our colleagues at Peter Lang suggested a new edition of the book, it seemed too good an idea to pass up. This second edition therefore includes both significantly...
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