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

More

US folksinger deemed threat to national security

Under the US Freedom of Information Act, a massive file on folksinger Pete Seeger has been released to the Mother Jones news website. It documents that the FBI spied on the composer of such classic songs as ‘Where Have All the Flowers Gone?’ for over two decades. The campaigning musician first caught the attention of … Continue reading

More

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

More

The Jon Stewart Legacy

After 16 years behind the desk and in front of the cameras of the Daily Show, comedian and political satirist Jon Stewart has left the set. His final programme was star-studded, with tributes and digs in the ribs from celebrities, former collaborators, and leading politicians such as past and present foreign ministers Hillary Clinton and… Continue reading

More

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

More