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Street justice through social media: the new bureaucratic accountability

The customer service angle to social media complaints are well known. People use Twitter, Facebook and other social media to complain about customer service. They don’t like the product or service so they complain publicly to get somethign done. The process is … Continue reading

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Prosecution and the art of social media writing: reflections on McAlpine v Bercow

Today, the High Court ruled that Sally Bercow had defamed Lord McAlpine through a tweet, which could be understand to accuse him of sexually abusing boys in care. It follows that, for these reasons, I find that the Tweet meant, … Continue reading

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How the free press threatens the UK’s media and political establishment

As we await the Leveson report, expected later this year, the debate over press regulation has intensified.  The allegations that have emerged after the Jimmy Savile investigations, Tom Watson’s question in Parliament, the resignation of the Director General of the … Continue reading

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Have hypertext and hyperlink been over-hyped? The view from local government.

    Since the dawn of the social media age, we have been treated to various claims that hypertext and hyperlinks will change the way we work, read, and write.  There were even claims that hyperlinks will subvert hierarchies.  Yet, … Continue reading

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Who speaks for a political organisation in the age of social media?

Today the LGiU published a briefing on the two-year study by the Young Foundation (funded by DCLG) called Local 2.0.  The report is well worth a read because it shows what is being done on the ground with social media.  … Continue reading

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Educating ourselves to particpate in politics: what is the best way to live?

The following is based on comment, I posted on http://adragonsbestfriend.wordpress.com/2012/03/09/knowledge-is-porridge/ The challenge for educating our young to take part in politics, is that teaching is no longer about educating.  Moreover educating is no longer about teaching someone to think or … Continue reading

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Social media and the political regime: the rise of republicanism?

What effect does social media have on the political regime? Are some countries better at adapting social media than others because of their political culture? The argument, in brief, is that the UK’s parliamentary sovereignty creates an institutional limit on … Continue reading

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