Troll-Eye Spam: Facebook Firebrand

What challenges do digital media pose to journalists and activists seeking the truth? What is the truth anyway and does anyone still care about it? Self-proclaimed ‘Facebook firebrand’ Troll-Eye Spam tries – and rather fails – to answer these questions and others. Oi oi web-els and wiki-lutionaries, meme-preachers and malware-contents, I’m here to tell you Read more

Election ’17: Covering a Snap Election – the View from the Frontline

Editor in Chief, Sarah Cheverton, revisits the last 6 weeks of election fever in a behind-the-scenes look at how S&C worked with local residents and writers to bring alternative perspectives to local mainstream news. When Theresa May called a snap election on 18th April, my heart sank, for many reasons. Chief among them was the Read more

Election ’17: The Death of Smarmy Robot Politics?

S&C Contributing Editor JS Adams wonders, amongst other things, whether this election offers alternatives to the usual slick, tightly-managed candidates we’ve been used to ever since the Blair days.  Ask yourself this question: What sort of world am I living in right now? If your answer is that it’s a happy, reasonable and compassionate world Read more

Election ’17: Evading the Brainwash with Gareth Rees and Tom Sykes

Gareth Rees has been following politics for fifty years and has written about it for the Guardian, Contemporary Review and S&C. He chats to S&C editor and contributor to New Statesman and Private Eye, Tom Sykes, about how the Labour Party has changed, the ‘infantile’ clicktivists of Facebook and the need for scepticism towards the Read more

Election ’17: Smears, Cuts and Real Alternatives with Jon Woods Part II

In the second part of Katie Roberts’ interview, Jon Woods of Portsmouth Against the Cuts Together and the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition (TUSC), discusses the ‘obscenity’ of Trident, the risks of tactical voting and the perils of Islamophobia. Katie Roberts: There’s a view that when people feel threatened by issues such as immigration and national security Read more

Election ’17: Penny Mordaunt’s Turkish Tall Story

Poet and photographer Richard Williams is not a member of any political party and has no axe to grind. However, he would like our politicians to act with integrity and to know what they are talking about. Penny Mordaunt, incumbent MP for Portsmouth North, slipped below such standards during the EU referendum’s Leave campaign. It Read more

Election ’17: The Liberal Smearing of Jeremy Corbyn

We all know about the right-wing media’s hostility to Corbyn, but plenty of left-liberal commentators such as Jonathan Freedland are making unjust and inaccurate allegations against him too. David Cromwell of Media Lens reports. In bygone years, defenders of the Guardian‘s supposed ‘progressive’ credentials would typically cite the presence of Seumas Milne, Owen Jones and Read more

Election ’17: Fake News is Old News

As the General Election approaches, questions are being asked about the reliability of media reporting and the possible impact of fake news on public opinion. But, argues Katie Roberts, such controversies have been around for a long time. The term fake news is being thrown around as if it were, well, news. Since its inception, Read more

From Bosnia to Syria: ‘Fake News’, Imperialist Agendas

Portsmouth University media lecturer Dr Stephen Harper critiques Western reporting on the Syria conflict, which is worryingly reminiscent of the biased coverage of the Bosnian war in the 1990s. At the end of last year, a supposedly new threat to the integrity of Western public discourse hove into view. I am referring, of course, to Read more