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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.

    From A to Zoom: The 2020 Media Democracy Review

    From A to Zoom: The 2020 Media Democracy Review

    What a vintage year it's been! Tom and Dan look back on 2020 and talk about the highlights of the UK media's performance. We touch on mainstream satire (bad), the BBC (cosily familiar but also bad), the Murdoch press (very, very bad) and the current state of relations between the media and economic reality (absolutely awful). There's also some talk about what the hell the two hosts have been up to this year.

    There'll be Media Democracy one offs in the future, but we aren't going to pretend to be regular podcasters any more. But look out for new work on media reform in 2021.

    Music by Makaih Beats.

    Show links:

    https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/1461670X.2020.1852099

    https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/opendemocracyuk/after-corbynism-where-next-english-socialism/

    • 1 hr 28 min
    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.

    • 1 hr 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.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    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.

    • 1 hr 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.

    • 1 hr 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

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
35 Ratings

35 Ratings

Badmanfromtheuk ,

Update

Can you please knock out a few items, discussing the new leaked documents.

mh_j14121316 ,

Who knew incisive media analysis could be so fun

Always an enjoyable listen, gratifyingly maverick analysis. The episode where Dan completely blows his top over some implied shade from Ed Miliband is worth seeking out.

takumwier ,

Antidote to auntie beeb

If you’re sick and tired of “the warm bath of elite consensus” served up every time you switch on your TV or radio, give yourself a break. These guys try hard to tell it as it is.

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