A Man Walks Into A Bar…. I’m Not Allowed To Say The Rest

The old gossip in me wants to bring up the old tale of Ryan Giggs’ affair with Imogen Thomas.  Also pointing out that Imogen Thomas was not so happy about it claiming that she was not able to afford a super injunction. This created much debate on the controversy on the super injunction and what the media can hide from us.

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One of many front pages stories about this tale.

For instance, Jo Moore brings up the theory of burying bad news, in that the press chooses suitable days to release bad press onto the public. For instance on September 11th during the terrorists attack, it was revealed about councillor’s expenses.

Chomsky et. al. expresses how dubious they are of the media, claiming that we should question the integrity of the press and how it is biased (1995). Similarly, Monck wants us to consider demanding the media for stories “we need as citizens” (2008:2).

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Noam Chomsky

Antonio Gramsci describes the hegemony; the domination of the ruling class of course creating ideologies and beliefs. Telling us that we do not actually have the power to think for ourselves; creating a hypodermic needle effect (Branston et. al. 2006).

Although my previous blog posts have questioned how valuable information on the internet is (ironic I know), perhaps I should highlight the impact and use of good the internet has brought us, arguably creating a more democratic environment (Bell, 2001).

For instance the London Riots could not have been a more organised without the use of Blackberry messenger, with The Guardian claiming that police were looking on Facebook and Twitter for details of the perpetrators, when really they should have been looking on Blackberry messenger. Similarly, Biswas et. al. investigates the important role blogging has con concerning freedom of expression (2008).

Maybe it is debatable that these acts of liberating riots would have happened regardless, without the use of technology as a tool, although it is arguable that these were successful acts due to ubiquitous computing making communication that much quicker (Greenfield, 2006). Although it is not possible to filter out content on the internet to make it democratically as Keen would like (2007), perhaps if we sourced our information from independent blogs we are able to form our own opinions and question what we read that is shoved in front of us as Chomsky suggests.

Bibliography

Bell, David (2001). An Introduction To Cybercultures. London: Routledge.

Biswas, Masudul et Porter, Lance. (2008). States of Emergency – “Limited” Press Freedom and the Role of Blogs – A Bangledesh Context.. Journal of New Communications Research. 3 (1), p25-40.

Branston, G et Stafford, Roy (2006 ). The Media Student’s Book. 4th ed. London: Routledge.

Cadwalladr, Carol. (2011). Imogen Thomas: ‘What I did was wrong. But I was treated horribly’. Available: http://www.theguardian.com/uk/2011/dec/18/imogen-thomas-faces-2011-giggs. Last accessed 11 Dec 2013.

Chomsky, Noam et Herman, Edward (1995). Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media. USA: Vintage Press.

Greenfield, Adam (2006). Everyware : the dawning age of ubiquitous computing . California: New Riders.

Halliday, Josh. (2011). London riots: how BlackBerry Messenger played a key role. Available: http://www.theguardian.com/media/2011/aug/08/london-riots-facebook-twitter-blackberry. Last accessed 11 Dec 2013

Keen, A (2007). The Cult of the Amateur: How Today’s Internet Is Killing Our Culture. London: Currency

Monck, Adrian (2008). Can You Trust the Media?. London: Icon Books

Sparrow, Andrew. (2001). Sept 11: ‘a good day to bury bad news’.Available: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1358985/Sept-11-a-good-day-to-bury-bad-news.html. Last accessed 11 Dec 2013.

The Telegraph. (2012). Ryan Giggs finally gives up anonymity over Imogen Thomas ‘affair’. Available: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/9095826/Ryan-Giggs-finally-gives-up-anonymity-over-Imogen-Thomas-affair.html. Last accessed 11 Dec 2013

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