Reading along #4 | Neoliberalism, Media and the Political

Neoliberalism« Neoliberalism, Media and the Political » presents a novel critical analysis of the condition of media and journalism in neoliberal cultures. Emphasizing neoliberalism’s status as a political ideology that is simultaneously hostile to politics, the argument is grounded in empirical illustrations from different social contexts, including post-Rogernomics New Zealand, Celtic Tiger Ireland, the Leveson Inquiry into the UK press, and the climate-sceptic blogosphere. Phelan draws on a variety of theoretical sources, especially Laclau and Bourdieu, to affirm the importance of neoliberalism as an analytical concept. Yet, he also interrogates how critiques of neoliberalism – in media research and elsewhere – can reduce social practices to the category of neoliberal. Against the image of a monolithic free-market ideology that imposes itself on other domains, the book identifies the potential sites of a cultural politics within neoliberalized media regimes.

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Thoughts #3-1 | The Web is 25 years old….more or less a couple of years!

world_wide_web_TThe Web is about 25 years old, more or less 2-3 years, depending on which date you start counting from! In a time when technologies and the associated practices are changing so fast, this isn’t that young anymore! On a human scale, it’s already more than a quarter of a life, if one takes into account the longest life expectancy possible today.  A website has been set up to keep track of the various events and celebrations put together for this anniversary.

Moreover, as announced in my « event » section, the journal New Media & Society is running a special issue that will be published in 2016.

Le fil d’Ariane #3-2 | Thèse bouclée et officiellement ouverte à tous

Ariane_Manga_CheveuxCourt_MDREt voilà qui est fait. J’ai découvert, pendant mon séjour à Paris, que ma thèse est désormais référencée sur Thè, le site qui catalogue officiellement les thèses acceptées en France. Bon, malheureusement, il est resté quelques erreurs! Je les avais corrigées dans la version publiée sur TEL. Mais, l’important est là! Ma thèse est maintenant bouclée, même si, évidemment, ma réflexion sur le sujet est destinée à évoluer. Elle a déjà commencé à évoluer, notamment grâce au MOOC Comprendre le transmedia storytelling que j’ai suivi sur la plateforme France Université Numérique (FUN) au début de cette année. En effet, je me suis alors rendue compte qu’en réalité, le « transmédia » est une stratégie très coûteuse encore relativement peu utilisée et que pour l’instant, le « crossmédia » ou « média mix » prédomine encore largement la création de franchise. Plus | More

Ariane’s thread #1-1b | Nope, the Church hasn’t really changed its mind on Evolution

Misleading headlines are exactly that: misleading. Those who know little about Catholic history are shocked. The sad part is that some of these articles actually do mention theistic evolution has been a part of Catholic teachings for at least six decades.Ariane’s thread #1-1b | Nope, the Church hasn’t really changed its mind on Evolution

This sums up pretty well Kara Gordon’s reporting for The Altantic on the media frenzy over some of the statements made by Pop Francis on the compatibility between science (on evolution) and faith during his last address to the Pontifical Academy of Science. Plus | More

Ariane’s thread #1-2 | Inconsistent decisions with respect to health

But he said Hickox was broadly waging an important fight against policies that are not based on science and are fanning fears that aren’t justified. « We need to really get a grip here, » Gostin concluded.

via The Renegade Nurse – The Atlantic.

Cute-Blue-Monsters-iconOh so true! This story just shows how some political reactions are particularly ridiculous. Indeed, here we’ve got someone who’s obviously not contagious ordered into quarantine. Very recently, we’ve had anti-vax lobbies fighting off local authorities’ decisions to ban non-vaccinated children from going to public schools, as there is a very real risks of contamination among the kids, since they really do share everything, arguing that these decisions violate parental religious freedom! And well, at least in one of the most publicized case,  the court ruled in favor of the states authorities. But now, we’ve got the same authorities who will violate individual’s freedom of movement just to calm down « mob fear »! Such contradictory behavior can only add more confusion to the ongoing health policy debates! It is really high time that people in charge of state institutions decide whether they want to base their decision on hard facts or on electoral mood indicators or whoever is yelling louder! And this isn’t just valid for the US, but for most Western countries!