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About lawrence serewicz

An American living and working in the UK trying to understand the American idea and explain it to others. The views in this blog are my own for better or worse.

A response to Paul Pillar on Ukraine

In his essay NATO Expansion and the Road to Simferopol Mr Pillar makes several arguments to suggest that the European Union, the United States, and NATO were as much responsible for Russia’s interventions in Ukraine as the Russian. His argument, … Continue reading

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The harm of censorship is worse than the harm of debt? A response to: Should public libraries block payday loan websites?

On his blog, Adrian Short makes several arguments against internet “censorship” by Councils who block access to payday loan sites on library computers.  Here is the link. Should public libraries block payday loan websites? He says that blocking access to … Continue reading

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If public opinion is a tyrant, does journalism still serve democracy?

Originally posted on Media Meditations:
Italy (Photo credit: Wikipedia) It may be surprising to hear that public opinion in a democracy can be tyrannical. In a democracy, we want to believe that public opinion will also be democratic. Yet, public…

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Has Putin’s claim to bring glory back to Russia masked his betrayal?

      If Putin wanted to bring glory back to Russia, he would be doing the following. First, he would improve health care[1]. Second, he would improve higher education.[2] Third, he would create jobs.[3] Fourth, he would free his … Continue reading

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Surveillance and the experience of technological sin

Throughout the furore over the NSA revelations, one thing that has remained constant is the way that technology companies and technologists have expressed a certain naiveté over politics. I do not mean that they are unaware of politics. Instead, I … Continue reading

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Snowden, Manning and Tsarnaev: is the only difference a pressure cooker? (Part 2)

(This is the second part of an essay, the first part, published earlier can be found here.) If liberalism cannot satisfy the disgruntled individual, what will? Manning, Snowden and Tsarnaev attack on America has revealed liberalism’s limits in the social … Continue reading

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Tony Blair’s excellent advice

Originally posted on Media Meditations:
British Prime Minister Tony Blair Speaks In Armagh, Northern Ireland. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Tony Blair has given us a great insight into his success as a politician and a public figure. If we look beyond…

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Edward Snowden and America’s suicide

The Snowden revelations are a wakeup call for the United States. He and his promoters have preached a jeremiad, but not the one most people believe they are hearing. Most people will believe they are trying to wake America up … Continue reading

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Who decides the public interest: journalism’s death or resurrection?

Originally posted on Media Meditations:
February 14, 1972, article in New York, by Tom Wolfe, announcing the birth of New Journalism (Photo credit: Wikipedia)     Who decides the public interest? This question haunts the media. Without the public interest,…

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Surveillance, conformity and censorship: the reality and the myth

We have heard from many writers that when the NSA and GCHQ monitor the web and communications across the web they engage in censorship or the surveillance becomes a form of censorship because it chills the freedom of expression and … Continue reading

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