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WikiLeaks Tapes shows up corporate media, celebrates citizen journalists | Green Left Weekly

WikiLeaks Tapes shows up corporate media, celebrates citizen journalists | Green Left Weekly | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it

The Wikileaks Tapes
Directed by Cathy Vogan
Featuring John Pilger, Noam Chomsky, Christine Assange, Daniel Ellsberg, Mary Kostakidis, Senator Scott Lundlam, Julian Morrow & many more

 

WikiLeaks Tapes shows up corporate media, celebrates citizen journalists

 

'The WikiLeaks phenomenon has shown us that a new form of journalism is possible. It has also shown just how full of Western corporate propaganda the mainstream media have become.

 

The lengths that Vogan has gone to, as a completely unfunded solo operator, to make such an important contribution to the historical continuum is a case in point that independent citizen journalism is an indispensable tool for speaking the truth.'

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Martin Amis' 'State of England': Anomie In The U.K. : NPR

Martin Amis' 'State of England': Anomie In The U.K. : NPR | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it
Martin Amis' new novel is a scabrous portrait of England's underclass, layered on top of a more thoughtful look at the devolution of journalism and the ways newspapers — tabloid and highbrow — influence our lives and the stories we tell about...

 

'The historian Benedict Anderson wrote that it was newspapers that first allowed people to imagine themselves as a nation; newspapers created the first joint narrative.

 

Everywhere in Lionel Asbo we see this to be true, but with a chilling corollary.

 

Do we become what our newspapers tell us we are?'

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The curious case of Timothy Byrnes, ASIO and the National Security Hotline | TheWord

The curious case of Timothy Byrnes, ASIO and the National Security Hotline | TheWord | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it
Sacked public servant Tim Byrnes Photo: thomson.rohan@gmail.com The curious case of Timothy Byrnes, a complaint to ASIO and a call to the National Security Hotline provides a cautionary tale for reporters who move between the worlds of the media...

 

'Whatever the outcome of his case, Byrnes’ experience suggests that the senior public servants responsible for national media policy have little understanding of the craft of journalism or sympathy for its practitioners.'

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Forget the press, Leveson is all about politics

Forget the press, Leveson is all about politics | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it
The good Lord Leveson has certainly set the cat among both the press and political pigeons.
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If Carr wanted to help Assange, he could - The Drum Opinion (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

If Carr wanted to help Assange, he could - The Drum Opinion (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it
Charges against me were only dropped after Bob Carr intervened. It is sad the same support hasn't been extended to Julian Assange.

 

'When Carr really wanted a result, he took action himself rather than leaving it to consular staff, who toil admirably but lack the clout to get a result, even in a relatively minor case like mine.

 

If he really wants a result in the Assange case, he will do the same. It is unlikely he has the courage. The forces at play in Julian Assange's case are far greater than those which were at play in mine.'

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Crying shame: tabloid cynicism over asylum seekers - The Drum (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Crying shame: tabloid cynicism over asylum seekers - The Drum (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | Psycholitics & Psychonomics | Scoop.it
Is there anything more cynical, more opportunistic, more morally reflexive than tabloid journalism? No, probably not. Demonisation has been the name of the game in the tabloid treatment of the asylum seeker issue.

 

'..........In an individual, that sort of intellectual inconsistency would border on the clinical. In a newspaper, it's just the trademark cynicism of the trade. That we lap it up is the biggest crying shame of all.'

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