Reforming the media

Sinister Interest: Reforming the Media

27 November, 18:00 - 20:00, Aston Business School

This event will be held in the Adrian Cadbury Lecture Theatre and doors open 5.45pm.

A public discussion on the need for, and ways in which, mainstream media could be reformed.

The political turmoil in the UK over the last two years has drawn attention once more to the questionable role of the media in our democracy. In its recent publication Sinister Interest: Reforming the media, John Blewitt, a core member of the independent think tank Green House, argues that Britain’s mainstream media is no longer fit for purpose. Its coverage of the EU and Scottish referendums, the General Election, and the Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, as well as the unethical practices revealed by the Leveson Inquiry and its woefully inadequate coverage of climate change and other escalating ecological threats, have made the need for fundamental reform both more obvious and more urgent. The structure and concentration of media ownership, and the interference of shady anti-democratic organisations in the digital public sphere, are endangering one of the essential institutions that a liberal democracy requires to function effectively.

This polemical pamphlet is a significant contribution to the current debate about what needs to be done if democracy is to flourish in a world of ‘fake news’ and ‘post-truth’. Only the enemies of democracy and of open public debate and discussion benefit from an unreformed media and the widespread assumption it engenders - that everybody lies.

Sinister Interest - Reforming the Media by Rupert Read, Molly Scott Cato and John Blewitt can be accessed here.

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  • Molly Scott Cato MEP: Green spokesperson on economics and finance and formerly Professor of Strategy and Sustainability at the University of Roehampton, London.
  • Rupert Read: Chair of Green House and Reader in Philosophy at the University of East Anglia
  • Tom Mills: Lecturer in Sociology at Aston University and author of The Myth of Public Service Broadcasting (Verso, 2016)

John Blewitt: Aston University

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