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.

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!

Ariane’s thread #5-1 | Yes, we can can!

« I have cerebral palsy. I shake all the time, » Maysoon Zayid announces at the beginning of this exhilarating, hilarious talk. (Really, it’s hilarious.) « I’m like Shakira meets Muhammad Ali. »

With grace and wit, the Arab-American comedian takes us on a whistle-stop tour of her adventures as an actress, stand-up comic, philanthropist and advocate for the disabled.

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