The Return of the Public

The Return of the Public A Vision For A New Participatory Politics Based On The Wholesale Reform Of The MediaUnder The Incurious Gaze Of The Major Media, The Political Establishment And The Financial Sector Have Become Increasingly Deceitful And Dangerous In Recent Years At The Same Time, Journalists At Rupert Murdoch S News International And Elsewhere Have Been Breaking The Law On An Industrial Scale Now We Are Expected To Stay Quiet While Those Who Presided Over The Shambles Judge Their Own ConductIn The Return Of The Public, Dan Hind Argues For Reform Of The Media As A Necessary Prelude To Wider Social Transformation A Former Commissioning Editor, Hind Urges Us To Focus On The Powers Of The Media To Instigate Investigations And To Publicize The Results, Powers That Editors And Owners Are Desperate To Keep From General DeliberationHind Describes A Programme Of Reform That Is Modest, Simple And Informed By Years Of Experience It Is A Programme That Much Of The Media Cannot Bring Themselves Even To Acknowledge, Precisely Because It Threatens Their Private Power It Is Time The Public Had Their Say

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  • 257 pages
  • The Return of the Public
  • Dan Hind
  • English
  • 04 July 2019

10 thoughts on “The Return of the Public

  1. says:

    SERIOUS ABOUT DEMOCRACY Dan Hinds position is straightforward actually existing democracy, particularly in the neo liberal era, is crippled by the lack of opportunity for an informed Public to emerge and take an active role in social, political and economic policy The current dispensation in the world of the media has been remarkably deficient in delivering the facts about the contemporary world to Public notice.The content of the modern media is for the most part a diet of celebrity slop, lifestyle trivia, mendacious advertisements, regurgitated PR releases, in short a plethora of pointlessness Bad enough one might think, until one considers the treatment given to important issues in the social, political and economic spheres Here Hind makes the salient point that a media that in large part connived with the Invasion of Iraq in 2003 has provided a or less congenial climate for thirty odd years of neo liberal political economy and signally failed to spot the 2007 8 Financial crisis coming signally forgot that the ongoing economic crisis originated in the private sector and, with a unity that would impress the North Korean dictatorship, declared it to be a problem of government spending and debt see Kushner Kushner s Who Needs the Cuts Myths of the Economic Crisis and finally act as cheerleaders for the coalitions assault on the remnants of Britain s monument to a civilised society the post 1945 Welfare State, has ill served the British Public.The reasons for these failings are structural In brief large corporations control the majority of the media, and the media reflects the interests of the owners The formulation of policy is regarded as a decidedly elite sport, from which the plebs must be firmly excluded, though once policy has been decided they are subjected to the deception and distortions, fairy tales and fallacies that always go hand in hand with injustice At the end of the process, our leaders hoped to have manufactured a degree of legitimacy, or likely a mute and hardly enthusiastic acceptance, for policies that are frequently damaging to the Public at large.Hind s solution to this impasse is to cut out the middlemen and make the Public the commissioning editor In his hypothesis a relatively small sum of money would be put in the hands of the Public, who would consider proposals by journalists for investigations, then vote for the investigations they would like to see carried out The resulting stories would be made available, including to the existing corporate media for a fee, or perhaps after a further round of voting they would be compelled to print them As the process matured so the sum of money available for Public Commissioning would increase, and an alternative to a system of media production that has demonstrably and repeatedly failed the Public would emerge The Public would begin, step by step, to collectively create a representation of the world that chimed with reality, and be empowered to move onto the political stage and have an informed say in the policies by which they are governed.The strengths of The Return of the Public are considerably greater than my short summary of Hind s arguments allows Beyond the wonderfully dry wit is a first rate writer and thinker who writes a comfortable and coherent prose about Democracy and Power, the proper role of the Public, as well as the historical thinking behind concepts of a Public and its proper role in the affairs of state It also provides a coherent blue print for a good part of any halfway decent progressive and democratic parties media policy A thoroughly stimulating and utterly essential work.

  2. says:

    Starts off a little dry and pretentious but becomes accessible as it moves on The author proposes publicly commissioned journalism and scientific research It doesn t sound likely, but then, as the author points out, divine rule seemed inevitable in the past.

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