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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Hungarian media law like in 'totalitarian regime': OSCE
Hungary's much-criticised new media law was reminiscent of a totalitarian regime, the OSCE's media freedom representative said Tuesday on the margins of a conference on free speech in Budapest.
France24, 21 September 2010

Is privacy dead?
Even ordinary folk these days tend to deal with a break-up by venting on Twitter or starting a blog recounting their heartbreak in every excruciating detail. It matters little to them that they are not just invading their own privacy but also that of their partners.
Seema Goswami, Hindustan Times, 11 September 2010

Five stars in their eyes: can you trust unpaid theatre critics?
Everyone's a critic these days – so how do you sort the wheat from the chaff? And who is reviewing the reviewers?
Bella Todd, Guardian, 2 September 2010

The right to privacy
Right now, the Blackberry has come to represent my right to privacy and I am not going to give it up so easily. Nor should you.
Pritish Nandy, Times of India, 8 August 2010

Google and the great privacy contradiction
Why are we perturbed when a picture of our house appears on Google Maps but not when we're filmed by state CCTV?
Norman Lewis, spiked, 5 August 2010

Are embargo breaks bad for science?
Once again the thorny issue of embargoes has raised its head, reminding us that journalists and science press officers are fundamentally different animals.
Fiona Fox, On Science and the Media Blog, 30 June 2010

'He says, she says' just doesn't work for science
The journalistic norm of balance has no corollary in the world of science ... where consensus builds on repeated testing and re-testing of an idea.
Fiona Fox, BBC College of Journalism Blog, 29 June 2010

Murdoch is right
If we value good journalism, why don’t we pay for it online?
Joy Lo Dico, Prospect, 23 June 2010

Raunch culture's toxic effect on children
Parents must stand firm against the creeping sexualisation of children to prevent its corrosive effects on their mental health
Kate Williams, Guardian, 22 June 2010

The right to privacy in the Age of Facebook
In an era of voluntary revelation and involuntary regulation, we must find new ways to defend our private lives.
Norman Lewis, spiked, 9 November 2009

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