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A podcast about politics, the media, and the politics of the media. Hosted by Tom Mills and Dan Hind.

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A podcast about politics, the media, and the politics of the media. Hosted by Tom Mills and Dan Hind.

    3.8 In a way, the BBC is the real maze

    3.8 In a way, the BBC is the real maze

    This week your intrepid co-hosts enter BBC Radio 4's flagship forum for ethical debate, The Moral Maze and talk about its February 12th episode 'The Moral Purpose of the BBC'. Confronted with the labyrinth of the BBC's assumptions and dogmas, its lopsided balance and general inability to think or see what's in front of its nose, Tom and Dan soon realise that there is no easy way out. At the beginning of the show Media Democracy explains who you should vote for in the forthcoming elections for leader of the Labour Party.

    Music by Makaih Beats.

    • 1h 17 min
    3.7 Trans-forming Media (ft. Juliet Jacques) Part 2

    3.7 Trans-forming Media (ft. Juliet Jacques) Part 2

    This is the second part of our interview with Juliet Jacques. In the intro, Tom and Dan talk briefly about Rebecca Long Bailey's recent proposals to reform the BBC and the response of liberal intelligentsia: why think through what public media should look like in the digital age when you can fixate instead on court gossip?

    Music by Makaih Beats.

    • 1h 1m
    3.6 Trans-forming Media (ft. Juliet Jacques) Part 1

    3.6 Trans-forming Media (ft. Juliet Jacques) Part 1

    In the first instalment of a two-parter, this week Tom and Dan talk with author and critic Juliet Jacques about the depiction of trans people in the media, the trouble with liberal pluralism, and whether or not a secret cabal of Norwich City fans is pulling the strings of the British power elite.

    Music by Makaih Beats.

    • 1h 3 min
    3.5: 17-19: A Podcast Comes of Age

    3.5: 17-19: A Podcast Comes of Age

    Dan and Tom return to podcasting after the Christmas break to discuss the media's behaviour in the General Election and the implications for the Labour Party of trying to operate in a communicative space that is as deceptive as it is hostile. Along the way we touch on some familiar themes - the awfulness of PPE, the awfulness of the New Statesman, liberalism's inability to distinguish between basic sociology and conspiracy theory, and much, much more.

    Peter McColl's article on deliberative democracy as a superior alternative to technocracy and market forces can be found at his blog: https://petermccoll.wordpress.com/2019/09/02/from-the-crisis-of-meaning-to-challenge-focused-democratic-economy/

    Shout out to Andy McDonald, Labour's Shadow Transport Secretary, for pointing out that 'the conduct of broadcasters in this election demonstrates the urgent need to debate democratic reforms to our media.' https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/labours-unfair-treatment-shows-broadcasters-21222653.amp

    Music by Makaih Beats.

    • 1h 7 min
    3.4 Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Officially Sourced

    3.4 Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Officially Sourced

    On 22 October Peter Oborne broke the silence that surrounds Westminster journalism with a damning article on the relationship between Downing Street’s press operation and senior correspondents like Robert Peston, Tim Shipman and Laura Kuenssberg. We talk about the article, the responses from Robert Peston and Amol Rajan, and what the reaction tells us about the state of UK journalism.

    Peter Oborne’s original article - https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/opendemocracyuk/british-journalists-have-become-part-of-johnsons-fake-news-machine/ -
    Robert Peston’s hilarious response
    - https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/opendemocracyuk/my-job-draw-back-veil-robert-peston-responds-peter-oborne/ and Amol Rajan’s pretend-brave interview with Oborne https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0009lhr

    Music by Makaih Beats.

    • 51 min
    3.3 Positively 4th Estate

    3.3 Positively 4th Estate

    Barely days after Facebook began trialing a news feature on its app Tom and Dan talk about the journey the company is on, from content agnostic charnel house to halfway convincing approximation of a civil public sphere. What does the platforms' emerging compromise with elected politicians, legacy media and the secret state look like? And how do we stop it? We also talk about Ofcom’s recent review of the BBC, the difference between quantity and quality in news coverage, balance in theory and practice, and Rupert Murdoch, the GOAT in the production and dissemination of fake news. We end with a bungling attempt to persuade our listeners to like and subscribe.

    Music by Makaih Beats.

    • 57 min

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