Black and White and dead all over? @timeshighered

For those who care deeply about the future of journalism, the phone-hacking scandal could hardly have been less well timed. Professional journalism’s survival is threatened by the economic impact of digital technologies. The plurality and diversity of voice upon which representative democracy depends is in jeopardy. Needed urgently is debate about how well-resourced, professional news gathering can be sustained. Instead, tired 20th-century concerns about the ethics and ownership of popular newspapers are diverting attention from Continue Reading →

Judging a book by it’s cover? @timeshighered

Jeremy Black is making a stand against the grandiose claims made by far too many blurbs on the back of academic books Errors in students’ exam answers have attracted wry reflection on the pages of Times Higher Education recently. However, they are as nothing compared with the misleading character of all too many of the pithy commendations that appear on the back of academic books. In the case of my subject, history, there is a particular problem Continue Reading →