• Archive for July, 2011

    Crazy People and Terrorism

    by  • July 26, 2011 • Media • 0 Comments

    It's inevitable with breaking stories that the media is going to call some things wrong, what's more concerning is that it tends to do this in ways that are revealing of deeper problems. Immediately after the attacks in Norway the commentariat's initial reaction was to blame it on Islamic terrorism, which is understandable because...

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    Tuition Fees (Part One): Money

    by  • July 19, 2011 • Education • 1 Comment

    Note: I started writing this piece back in January, the recent (and completely predictable) announcements that everyone who can get away with it will be charging the maximum spurred me to go back and finish it off. I saw Aaron Porter on the 10 o’clock the other week (note: now many, many months ago)...

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    Ainsley Hayes was Wrong

    by  • July 9, 2011 • TV, West Wing • 0 Comments

    To break away a bit from our 'ALL PHONE HACKING ALL THE TIME' postings, let's kick off part one of a million part series where we explore how the West Wing relates to everything in life. The (now a litttle old) story that Scalia holds the 14th Amendment doesn't apply to women reminds me...

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    Link Round Up: Phone Hacking Edition

    by  • July 6, 2011 • Link Round Up, Media • 1 Comment

    While new revelations on the saga are pouring in by the hour, The Magistrate's Blog points out that there's a fair amount of repeat revelation as Wade admitted to paying police officers for information years ago. In other news, Michael White is busy brandishing his insider credentials and reminds us that the NOTW isn't all bad as some of...

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    The Purpose of Wikileaks

    by  • July 5, 2011 • Wikileaks • 0 Comments

    One of the things I'm interesting in at the moment is how through the internet we're seeing a form of activist emerge, looking to change the world through fairly untraditional means. As some of the most high profile and interesting examples, I'm going to look at Wikileaks and Facebook. My starting point is the idea...

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    Saying Hi

    by  • July 5, 2011 • Site Business • 0 Comments

    Righto, I'm Alex Parsons, long ago I was a blogger and now having spend years not being, I have yonks of unwritten material waiting to get out and so my output is likely to be a little eclectic. My main 'big' focus at the moment is looking at the varying success people are having...

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    The Smoke-Filled Room

    by  • July 5, 2011 • Site Business • 0 Comments

    - EDIT: The groupblogness of this fell by the wayside a little, left up for completeness- The smoke-filled rooms of old were the places where the rich and powerful gathered to crown the next person the people would duly elect. Of course a lot has changed since then – mostly the smoking ban, nowadays...

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