Imaginative narratives of protest

The motion picture Suffragette, about the campaign of civil disobedience waged by British women in the early 20th century to win the right to vote, has finally premiered here in Sweden. It connects with several themes covered in Media and Politics in a Globalizing World.   Obviously, it is a new example of the sort of media text itemised… Continue reading

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UK celebrities criticize British government’s refugee stance

The British actress Samantha Morton has spoken out in support of action taken by her colleague, Benedict Cumberbatch, to raise awareness of the plight of refugees and the lack of appropriate response on the part of the UK government. After the curtain call following each performance of Hamlet  at the Barbican in London, Cumberbatch has… Continue reading

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Ahora Almodóvar: Spanish filmaker calls for radical political change

Filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar is among the 120 leading cultural figures who have signed an open letter calling for political change in Spain. Praising the 15-M movement that saw thousands of people from the grassroots occupying the main squares of Spanish cities in 2011, the signatories have called attention to the electory victories of Ahora Madrid… Continue reading

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Prince and Peace

After weeks of protests and unrest after the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray in police custody, thousands turned out to hear Prince at his Rally 4 Peace concert. Envisaged by the organizers as a ‘catalyst for pause and reflection’, the concert was replete with political statements as well as songs. Prince called for members of… Continue reading

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Celebrity Politics and Nuclear Weapons

This week brings another example of prominent figures from the world of entertainment using their power of visibility to influence political outcomes. In an open letter published in the UK’s Observer newspaper, Mercury prizewinning band Young Fathers, Massive Attack and comedian Frankie Boyle are among those who have expressed concern that both main parties have… Continue reading

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