The Return of the Public PDF/EPUB ß The Return Epub

  • Hardcover
  • 252 pages
  • The Return of the Public
  • Dan Hind
  • English
  • 20 May 2016
  • 9781844675944

10 thoughts on “The Return of the Public

  1. Simon Wood Simon Wood 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 noticeThe 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 Ira 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 PublicThe 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 freuently damaging to the Public at largeHind'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 governedThe 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. Mat Mat 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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The Return of the Public❮Epub❯ ➛ The Return of the Public Author Dan Hind – Our politicians have ever decreasing legitimacy Even as they amass ever riches our financiers are now morally and intellectually bankrupt In their different ways politicians and those who control the Our politicians have ever decreasing legitimacy Even of the PDF/EPUB ç as they amass ever riches our financiers are now morally and intellectually bankrupt In The Return Epub / their different ways politicians and those who control the private economy system claim to be acting in the public interest Yet we Return of the PDF/EPUB ì the public have little say in decision making and almost no power to change the terms of a series of increasingly absurd debates about economic and foreign policy How have we been excluded from so many discussions about the public interestDan Hind traces how historically political and intellectual elites constructed deeply ambiguous ideas of the public designed to serve their own ends and preserve the status uo After the Second World War as women ethnic minorities the young and the working majority became assertive and self confident the propertied and their allies in the state made fresh attempts to deny most of us a public identity The financial crisis and the ability of those who caused it to preside over policy making in its aftermath have made it impossible to ignore what has long been obvious the institutions on which most of us rely for our knowledge of the wider world have become radically and demonstrably unaccountable and unsafe For decades the public has been told to leave democracy to the experts Now Hind outlines a way forward for a new participatory politics one based on the wholesale reform of the media After the failure of the private now is the time for The Return of the Public.