The nice side of Twitter

Written by Terry Flew on September 10, 2015

I must say I am often someone who wonders about Twitter. While I work with some of the world’s leading researchers into Twitter, such as Axel Bruns and Jean Burgess, I am also sympathetic to the view that it can be a platform for planetary level public shaming and virtue signalling.

We should not necessarily criticise people for engaging in low-cost forms of public participation. As Barbie Zelizer has recently noted, responses to images such as that of the body

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Why the 2012 US Presidential election matters

Written by Terry Flew on May 21, 2012

An interview has been published in Open Democracy with Professor Theda Skocpol, from the Kennedy School of Public Policy at Harvard University, about the forthcoming 2012 US Presidential election. Skocpol is known to many for her pioneering work on state theory, which established public policy as an important variable in progressive politics, and rejected the determinism of Marxist state theory, noting the active role played by state agencies as political actors in their own right. More recently, she has authored

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Barack Obama’s Convention Speech

Written by Terry Flew on August 29, 2008

On John McCain

Now let there be no doubt. The Republican nominee, John McCain, has worn the uniform of our country with bravery and distinction, and for that we owe him our gratitude and respect. And next week, we’ll also hear about those occasions when he’s broken with his party as evidence that he can deliver the change that we need.

But the record’s clear: John McCain has voted with George

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