143 research outputs found

    Strange fascination: image in music and politics Part Two

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    This is part two of an essay by, LSE Media PhD student Ruth Garland that explores the links between our experience of images and political communication. With democracy suffering a crisis of confidence she questions the relationship between images and political meaning through the ages. In the first part she explored the political significance of David Bowie’s images and their relationship with his audience. In this part she moves the argument onto British party politic

    Book review: bring back the bureaucrats by John J. Dilulio Jr.

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    In Bring Back the Bureaucrats, John J. Dilulio Jr. concisely and passionately outlines the dangers of Big Government by stealth in the USA as bureaucratic tasks become increasingly outsourced to proxies including charities, business contractors and local government. Ruth Garland writes that the book resonates with current debates over the provision of public services in the UK and therefore opens up useful discussions for UK government-watchers as well as university students looking to explore these issues

    Book review: ready for Hillary? Portrait of a President in waiting by Robin Renwick

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    This book provides a readable and detailed recollection of Hillary Clinton’s stalwart performance both as a Senator and as Secretary of State, finds Ruth Garland. A podcast of an LSE event with author Robin Renwick is available to listen to at the foot of the review

    Book review: reporting the EU: news, media and the European Institutions by John Lloyd and Cristina Marconi

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    This book, based on extensive interviews with EU correspondents, editors, public relations and other EU executives, aims to reveal how the powerful group of institutions at the heart of the Union are covered – or not – by the news media. The authors provide a vivid picture of current debates, writes Ruth Garland

    Book review: Biopolitical media: catastrophe, immunity and bare life by Allen Meek

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    In Biopolitical Media: Catastrophe, Immunity and Bare Life, Allen Meek examines the development of media through a biopolitical lens, arguing that the circulation of imagery since the 1840s is implicated in the systematic cataloguing of human life, the increasingly mechanised mass slaughter of animals and humans and biological conceptions of life and death. Ruth Garland finds that while this complex and fascinating interrogation may not always fully convince, it will encourage readers to critically examine how images of violence and catastrophe exercise power over our lives

    Snowden and beyond (guest blog)

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    This article is by LSE researcher and PhD student Ruth Garland How should the citizen respond to the Snowden revelations? Those in the know have plenty to say and line up on both sides either for or against the need of the intelligence services to harvest huge amounts of personal data. The vast majority it seems, in Britain at least, feel passive in the face of forces beyond their control or comprehension

    Book review: reading celebrity gossip magazines by Andrea McDonnell

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    Celebrity gossip magazines continue to sell millions of issues each week. What attracts us to these magazines? And why do we read them, even when we disagree with the images of femininity that they splash across their covers? Andrea McDonnell offers readers of media studies and gender studies a fascinating – if somewhat underdeveloped – analysis, writes Ruth Garland

    Book review: the communicative construction of Europe: cultures of political discourse, public sphere and the Euro crisis by Andreas Hepp et al

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    In The Communicative Construction of Europe: Cultures of Political Discourse, Public Sphere and the Euro Crisis, Andreas Hepp et al present the findings of a twelve-year research programme (2003-14) that sought to examine the ‘communicative construction’ of Europe through case studies of the news cultures of six European countries. This book valuably turns its attention away from European institutions and elites to instead listen to ordinary citizens’ views on Europe at a time of apparent crisis, writes Ruth Garland

    Book review: personality politics? The role of leader evaluations in democratic elections

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    Personality Politics? assesses the role that voters’ perceptions and evaluations of leaders play in democratic elections. The book presents evidence from an array of countries with diverse historical and institutional contexts, and employs innovative methodologies to determine the importance of leaders in democracies worldwide. Ruth Garland thinks this book is as a useful handbook for all students of political science

    A ‘bizarre’ election of big money and hidden campaigning

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    By Ruth Garland This election campaign may be fascinating to the experts but it is almost guaranteed to irritate if not infuriate members of the public, as we saw when last night’s Question Time audience met the three leaders one by one. They could have been interviewing them for a job, in which case, they might have concluded that the job needed to be re-advertised and that ‘previous applicants need not apply’
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