• Truth In Elections

    by  • May 3, 2015 • 0 Comments

    I've published two pieces on Medium in the last few weeks. The first is about the massive problems of trying to correct information once it's in the public domain, the second is about the history and practice of controlling false statements in elections in the UK. Both are cannibalisations and expansions of aspects of...

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    Reporting on Suicide Notes

    by  • January 1, 2015 • 0 Comments

    An article went up on The New Statesman today arguing that people sharing the suicide note of a trans-person were actually endangering the very people they were trying to raise awareness of. This is based on The Samaritans guidelines that journalists should not print the content of suicide notes because of the idea of 'suicide contagion' – arguing that...

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    From Grub Street To Fleet Street

    by  • September 28, 2014 • 0 Comments

    Bob Clarke's 'From Grub Street to Fleet Street: An Illustrated History of English Newspapers to 1899' (#booksthatgooglegivesyoudirectionsfor) is a fantastic guide to the development of English newspapers but importantly also very funny.  Clarke has a gift for bringing some of the more absurd features of the early profession.: What was Grub Street? Grub Street is...

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    Renter Registration

    by  • September 21, 2014 • 0 Comments

    I set up a quick website to act as a portal for renters to the gov.uk electoral registration page – rentersvote.co.uk Thought behind this: I had problems voting this May which I've gone into more detail on here (short story: moved late, was registered, administrative screw-up, couldn't vote – but long story is more fun)...

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    War Stories

    by  • August 31, 2014 • 0 Comments

    While there aren't many family stories about the First World War to compete with, the stories about my great-grandfather Reginald are the best. Doubtless the legend of him as a proto-Flashheart is exaggerated (that said when he met his wife "she was 18 and he was 24 and had been engaged twice before")  but he did discover a...

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    What is 'excessive detail' in suicide coverage?

    by  • August 12, 2014 • 0 Comments

    This is an excerpt from a much longer piece on the history of suicide and journalism.  It contains description of suicide methods only in so far as they are required to demonstrate the point being made. Across a number of countries there are media guidelines on suicide reporting (most voluntary, but New Zealand’s are governed...

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    Blog round-up for 2012

    by  • January 6, 2013 • 0 Comments

    Bit late to get around to this, but here's a quick round-up of everything I wrote on the blog last year (in vague theme groupings): There have been posts about the history of chicken suits in politics and how Facebook is trying to make us more legible. I went to a talk on the boundary reviews, and in a...

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    London and Gaza: Can democratic citizens be held responsible for their governments?

    by  • November 24, 2012 • 0 Comments

    Gilad Sharon's "Flatten Gaza" article in the Jerusalem Post has been rightly widely condemned as being a pretty horrible thing for a mainstream newspaper to publish (even bearing in mind the Jerusalem Post also published a "he went too far, but is he wrong?" article after Brievik), one part especially jumped out at me: THE DESIRE to prevent harm to innocent...

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