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Comment is Fraught: A Debate

Does the press adequately reflect public opinion? Do we need ‘commentators’ to interpret global events for us, or choose what issues are of importance? Post-Leveson, do we care about media reform or are there far more pressing issues to address? And as newspapers haemorrhage readers in the digital age, are we exploring new ways of effectively understanding a complex world?

All, none or some of these questions will be answered at a debate hosted by The White Review on Tuesday July 2nd 2013, 7 p.m., at Fernandez & Wells, Somerset House. RSVP to editors [at] thewhitereview.org

Panelists:

Padraig Reidy – Media commentator, senior writer at Index on Censorship. Former deputy editor at New Humanist magazine and host of the Little Atoms podcast, his work has featured in the Guardian, Irish Times, and Tribune.

Laurie Penny – Feminist, journalist and author. Contributing Editor at the New Statesman, she has written for the Guardian, the Independent and Vice magazine, and blogs at Penny Red. Her books include Meat Market and Discordia.

Deborah Grayson – Activist formerly found working for the Media Reform Coalition and Yes to Fairer Votes and making trouble with environmental campaign group Climate Rush. She is about to begin Ph.D. at Goldsmiths looking at the role of media technologies in the accreditation and legitimacy given to different kinds of knowledge.

Chair: K Biswas 

 


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