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How many of us assume that the news media has no effect on our behaviour – that what we see and hear does nothing to mould our views of the world? Or indeed, that stories we read or see acted out are things we consume, but have no effect on us? But the power of the media to shape opinions is all around us. After all, in every ad break, people pay big money to show us images they hope will change our minds. (C/W: mentions sexual violence).
The recent arrest of Gerry Adams has been a stark reminder of just how short the time gap is between yesterday’s violence and today’s fragile peace has been for Northern Ireland. In the immediate aftermath, it has the potential to harm public safety, for both British and Irish alike. But its also a sign that a key stage of the Peace Process is now overdue by several years.
Whilst looking for details of candidates in the forthcoming European Elections, an article on the Electoral Commission website caught my eye. Its not good news. Anyone who follows American news closely knows that Voter ID laws have proven ruthlessly effective at preventing minority voters from exercising their democratic rights, and it looks like they’re headed for Britain, too.
I realise I’m now blogging about a storm in a tea cup, but yesterday’s outing to Edinburgh by Nigel Farage needs discussing. Not in the way that Radio 4’s Today program decided to ‘discuss’ it, but rather to discuss the commendable actions of the few people of Edinburgh sufficiently organised/networked to get out and do the right thing.
There’s been a lot of general anger on twitter and facebook over the last 48hours concerning the positioning of missiles on residential buildings for use during the Olympics. Its a terrifying thought in some ways, but its also kind of irrelevant to civil liberties, and a very big distraction from the more worrying, and lasting, changes brought on by the games.
Early this week, local newspaper The York Press reported that CPP, a major private sector employer in the city, was under a full investigation by the Financial Services Authority that could ultimately result in the firm, which employs 1000 people locally being disbanded. Although some form of outline deal has been made, its a situation that is far from over, and which has huge ramifications beyond its current staff.
2011 was a year when just about everything imaginable happened. I was left worrying that this year would be no different, but actually, its been much quieter. Its not that bad stuff hasn’t happened, its just that many things haven’t been repeated. In fact, its hard to remember some of what was happening this time last year. So I had a look to see how January 2011 and January 2012 compare.