Reading for Battle

Battle Readings is a regularly updated compilation of articles, essays, and opinion pieces relevant to the themes of the Battle of Ideas.

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Why we’re launching the Counter-Leveson Inquiry
Today, spiked launches the Counter-Leveson Inquiry, an intellectual two-fingered salute to the creeping conformism and censoriousness being unleashed by the Leveson process.
Brendan O'Neill, spiked, 29 February 2012

Social Media is Rejuvenating Politics
A topic guide from the Institute of Ideas' Debating Matters Competition.
Patrick Hayes, Debating Matters, 31 January 2012

How Luther went viral
Five centuries before Facebook and the Arab spring, social media helped bring about the Reformation
Economist, 17 December 2011

The truth about anti-tabloid hysteria
Many of the anti-Murdoch stories of the past year have been based more on rumour than reality.
Brendan O'Neill, spiked, 13 December 2011

We must be free and able to defend private lives against tabloid tyranny
The Leveson inquiry has shown the ravages of an unchecked media. Alas, privacy cannot be trusted solely to self-regulation
Timothy Garton-Ash, Guardian, 23 November 2011

It's Not Just the Tabloid Press That's on Trial
There is a system for ensuring that people's phones aren't hacked. It's called the law. If the police who were meant to be upholding it had acted on the evidence they had, then quite a lot of this horrible, ugly, shameful exploitation of what ought to have been private grief, and, in Grant's case, private joy, wouldn't have happened.
Christina Patterson, Huffington Post, 23 November 2011

Truth, lies and the internet
Truth, Lies and the Internet examines the ability of young people in Britain to critically evaluate information they consume online. The report reviews current literature on the subject, and presents a new poll of over 500 teachers. It finds that the web is fundamental to pupils’ school lives but many are not careful, discerning users of the internet.
Jamie Bartlett, Carl Miller, Demos, 29 September 2011

Defend a free press - don’t just guard the Guardian
Yes, the police threat to the liberal newspaper was outrageous – but who invited the authorities to crack down on the press in the first place?
Mick Hume, spiked, 27 September 2011

Who’s responsible for Govegate?
‘Government by Gmail’ is the logical end result of the rise and rise of the weird cult of transparency.
Patrick Hayes, spiked, 27 September 2011

Labour's odd plan to get bad journalists 'struck off'
Ivan Lewis has a proposal to clean up the press. Shame it's unworkable and illiberal.
Helen Lewis Hasteley, New Statesmen, 27 September 2011

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