Those who consider themselves part of the wave of democratic dissent risen in Scotland must decide whether they are content to remain a dissenting tendency within the British state or whether they want to be a countervailing power - and are prepared to organise accordingly.
I am daily shocked by the dumb credulousness of all too many commenting on social media platforms such as Twitter...
If there is a glowing report on any aspect of NHS Scotland that Tom Gordon can't transform into a damning indictment then there isn't one that he can't assiduously disregard.
One takes a chance describing anything as novel. It may be a cliché to say that there is nothing new under the sun, but such things get to be clichés for a reason - there is an element of truth or wisdom in them. What we do get are new twists on old phenomena or … Continue reading The power of doubt
BBC Question Time is propaganda. What it presents to the viewing audience is, not a reflection of the way things actually are, but a contrived impression of the way the British establishment thinks things should be.
About a month ago I warned that the British political establishment was in the process of ramping up its propaganda campaign against the SNP administration (see below). This wasn't exactly a bold prediction. As all but the most passive consumers of British media output in Scotland will be aware, Project Fear did not stop after … Continue reading The cornered beast
The first draft of this article was binned because it had turned into a media studies lecture on audience theory and passive versus active consumption of media messages. What I propose instead is to offer a few tips on how to improve your media diet by changing the way you consume the messages that are … Continue reading Mind what you read