Donald Trump, both as candidate and president, trashed the press.
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Press-bashing was a feature of the years Trump was president. But a new, more constructive kind of press criticism has also emerged that aims to improve journalism, not delegitimize it.
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The letter is part of a campaign running across Google's platforms, designed to gaslight Australian users. Don't fall for it.
Harvey Weinstein arrives at the Manhattan Criminal Court, on February 24, 2020 in New York City. On March 11 he was sentenced to 23 years in prison for criminal sexual acts and rape.
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Scandals are violent shocks to social systems, yet not all questionable behaviour produces scandal. How can we explain that some figures escape the consequences of their own behavior while others don't?
Women in Africa are still represented by patriarchal stereotypes in the digital space.
Feminists in Africa must step up to the challenge and redress the manner in which African women are portrayed in the digital age.
Street art can complement formal classroom learning. Here, ‘No more pipelines’ mural by the artist Swarm in Montréal.
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Street art promotes public dialogue on social justice issues and can lead to opportunities for learning outside of formal schooling.
Newsrooms in Africa, like their counterparts around the world, are embracing new media tools.
African newsrooms are using media analytics to study their audiences but there's a downside.
The quiet consumption of news can sustain a polarized political environment.
In Kenneth Burke's 'The War of Words,' the late rhetorical theorist picks apart the little ways news articles can subtly influence readers – and harden divisions.
Hashtags at the ready.
The power of the mainstream media to put pressure US government policy should not be underrated.
Counter-demonstrators hold up a sign reading “Today’s police protecting tomorrow’s Hitler” when protesting against an election meeting arranged by the Swedish neo-Nazi party Svenskarnas Parti in Stockholm, August 2014.
It's not just the US which is seeing a rise in support for neo-Nazi organisations and right-wing politics. In Scandinavia it's infiltrating the mainstream.
Proceed with caution.
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While specific stories from RT don't reach many people, they change the mainstream media's behaviour.
It's election time and all the political parties are locked in a social media battle. But does it help inform political debate or just cause even more confusion?
In Africa, the idea of a post-truth era - which by implication fundamentally presupposes the existence of an era in which ‘truth’ was self-evident - is folly.