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  • seandodson 6:14 pm on May 19, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    My goodness: MailOnline is reporting that it gets 147, 257, 593 page impressions a day. That’s every single day. That’s an awful lot of swimwear pics

  • seandodson 10:43 am on May 19, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    This isn’t a trick pub quiz question. It’s true, I googled it: Nigel Farage, Keanu Reeves and Courtney Love — all born in the same year? T or F? Thanks to @hugorifkind of the Times for pointing it out.

  • seandodson 9:30 pm on May 15, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Why are Electrelane so underrated? When they made this: 11 years on, they are practically forgotten

  • seandodson 9:29 pm on May 15, 2015 Permalink | Reply  


    Why are Electrelane so underrated? When they made this: 11 years on, they are practically forgotten

  • seandodson 2:02 pm on May 12, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    A lot’s made, nowadays, of new news site — Buzzfeed and the like — taking on the established providers. Now Gawker, though, is reporting that New York-based Buzzfeed is DELETING POSTS deemed as unfavourable to is advertisers. Arabelle Sicardi, a staff writer, saw her piece about Dove soaps recent bizarre ad campaign washed down the virtual plughole and replaced with a single sentence: “We pulled this post because it is not consistent with the tone of BuzzFeed Life.” It’s a slippery slope.

  • seandodson 5:44 pm on January 27, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    The need for a global ethics is due not only to technological innovation and new ownership patterns; it is due to changes in the world that journalism inhabits.

    Stephen J. A. Ward

  • seandodson 8:12 pm on May 25, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Kang Kang-hoon Kang Kang-hoon makes extraordinary paintings. You can’t tell them apart from photographs

  • seandodson 4:15 pm on April 27, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    This get’s you over bad result: Bill Brewster’s 25 top balearic classics

  • seandodson 3:55 pm on April 23, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Life in the old dog 

    Many thanks to Stu Smith, our librarian at Leeds Met, for pointing me towards a recent report, from the analysts Generator Research, which indicates that there’s still money to be made in the news business.

    The worldwide newspaper industry will grow from USD 114.3 billion in 2014 to USD 123.1 billion in 2018, an increase of 7.7%. While print advertising revenues will fall by 3.8%, from USD 64.5 billion in 2014 to USD 62.1 billion in 2018, revenues from copy sales, digital advertising and digital subscriptions will all increase. In developed internet markets the newspaper industry is experiencing a structural contraction which is being caused by digital technology and the internet. But in markets where the internet remains immature – India, Romania and the Philippines, for instance, traditional printed newspaper businesses are thriving. While publishers in mature markets will have to swallow a bitter pill, which will eventually see them downsizing or selling off their print operations, there has never been a better time for skilled writers, visionary publishers and savvy investors to get involved in the news business.

    • seandodson 10:43 am on April 25, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      And more good news announced in the latest edition of the British Journalism Review:

      In these straitened times journalists look for comfort where they can, so let’s take encouragement from the news that advertising revenue at Mail Online is currently rising faster than advertising revenue at the Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday is falling; that the Financial Times now has more readers paying for the paper in online and mobile format than in hard copy; that The Times and Sunday Times have attracted more than 153,000 digital subscribers and, since introducing a paywall last August, The Sun more than 100,000. Perhaps newspaper companies can have a future.

  • seandodson 2:35 pm on January 9, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    My goodness, over six months since my last post. Parenthood and undergraduate teaching have just absorbed all of my time. But I do plan to rise Phoenix like some time soon.

  • seandodson 11:55 am on May 15, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Why Labour supporters are turning against the poor 

    Like many on the left, my heart sank when I read yesterday that even Labour supporters are turning against the poor. According to a new study by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation Labour supporters believe that welfare recipients are undeserving and the majority now believe that the welfare state creates dependency. By heck, how times have changed.

    The reaction from the left has been muted, but I thought the excellent A Very Public Sociologist blog explained the case with some eloquence this morning:

    In a way, Labour people’s growing hostility to the less fortunate proves how successful divisive, dog-eat-dog policies and rhetoric can be. It also demonstrates the continued salience of class, albeit in a negative way. As appallingly crass it is, rubbish around the “squeezed middle”, “hard-working families/taxpayers”, and “strivers” does speak to large swathes of people. The public at large are being explicitly addressed as people who work while on Britain’s council estates, bajillions of others are idly living off their taxes. You have to work every hour you can send, while those on JSA or ESA get an income handed to them on a silver dish. It’s one class politics of envy card the Tories are never afraid to play because they know it resonates.

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  • seandodson 8:54 pm on January 21, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Orwell day: Politics and the English Language published in a pamphlet form for #orwellday 

    It’s #orwellday today. The first ever. Thanks to my good friend Katriona Lewis at the Orwell Prize, I received these four splendid editions of George Orwell’s Politics and the English Language, published recently by Penguin. It’s difficult to overstate the importance of the essay. It’s certainly the single most useful piece of writing I’ve ever read. It offers general advice on good writing, laying down helpful rules, and then explains, with some choice metaphors, why good writing leads to more responsible politics (and bad writing to some very dangerous thinking). Four copies in my possession, if you would like one, please leave a good reason why and one is heading your way.

    • Samppa 2:10 pm on January 22, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Why? Don´t remember who many years have passed? Was it 2004? When it was Euro football or such? You teached me the essence of this writing, in some very lonely conversation in now passed way bar in Porvoo Finland. And that has still strugged me till today.

  • seandodson 11:19 am on January 16, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    The Dickens of the Brush: JS Lowry at the Tate 

    Lot_19___Lowry_The_Railway_Platform_Full Very pleased JS Lowry is to get his first-ever retrospective in London. Isn’t it amazing that a painter that good, and that famous, has never been shown in the capital before? I suppose it’s because he’s so popular that he’s so often been overlooked. But no one has captured the essence of the industrial north quite as well as he. Lowry is as profound as he is accessible. A Dickens of the brush. Nice one Tate Britain.

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  • seandodson 3:52 pm on January 9, 2013 Permalink | Reply

    “I am offended to think that anyone, anywhere believes American institutions as insulated, self-preserving and self-justifying as police departments, school systems, legislatures and chief executives can be held to gathered facts by amateurs pursuing the task without compensation, training or for that matter, sufficient standing to make public officials even care to whom it is they are lying to. The idea of this is absurd, yet to read the claims that some new media voices are already making, you would think they need only bulldoze the carcasses of moribund newspapers aside and begin typing. They don’t know what they don’t know – which is a dangerous state for any class of folk – and to those of us who do understand how subtle and complex good reporting can be, their ignorance is as embarrassing as it is seemingly sincere.”

    David Simon speaking to the US Senate, via Loretta’s Basement
  • seandodson 9:08 pm on January 8, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Bowie and Berlin 

    Paris Bar, Berlin
    What a nice surprise that David Bowie has a new single out. Where are we now? reflects on his time in Berlin in the mid-to-late seventies. Now, I like Bowie. And I like Berlin. I liked it so much that I once went there just to see a little of what he did. The trip included dinner in the completely ace Paris Bar in Charlottenburg (previous post) featured in the wonderful painting by Martin Kippenberger, above.

  • seandodson 5:43 pm on December 3, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Claire Enders on the continuing power of the press 

    There was an interesting debate last week, in the wake of the Leveson Report, about the irelevance of the printed press in the age of the network society. It’s a topic I hear a lot among a few or our undergraduates who argue that “everyone is getting their news from Twitter”. Of all the words spoken about this last week, I thought Claire Enders articulated the opposite on Newsnight brilliantly :

    The internet has a place and a role but actually the information it provides has a much greater reach if its on the newstands across the country; if its in every supermarket, in every every newsagent … Still there are 23 million people who are reading a physical newspaper everyday and that newspaper websites do comprise seven of the top 10 websites in this country … So I dispute — absolutely — the fact that the internet has the same reach and power of the printed press. Lord Leveson is not saying that the internet has now power , as we all know is false. In fact it has enormous reach, but it has a different impact on reputation here in the UK.

    • Ash 6:36 pm on December 3, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      I agree with Claire Enders. If your undergraduates are getting their news from Twitter, then I fear for the next generation of journalists. You don’t get the deepest analysis in 140 characters. The papers as just as relevant now, even though we do have other sources. For example, if you want to read about American politics, you have to read the Washington post. Yahoo’s news service isn’t going to give you that level of detail.

    • Cheri 10:56 pm on January 3, 2013 Permalink | Reply

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