Democracy and activism

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Everyville: the good, the bad and the ugly at the local level

  Since publishing Beyond Fear and Loathing in 2012 my interest in local politics and local community issues remains strong. The extent to which local issues are ignored bothers me. A local issue in one place is almost certainly a local issue somewhere else. There are lessons to be learned. I recently wrote Reconnecting, locally, which argued…

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“Participation in public life is a fundamentally good thing,” said George Bernard Shaw – or at least it was something very similar to this. It follows then, in my mind, that civil and informed participation is an even better “fundamentally good thing”. And if that participation in public life is entertaining, convivial and provides opportunities…


Citizen Journalism

Citizen journalism is based upon citizens taking a lead role in collecting, analyzing and reporting news and information. Sometimes known as participatory journalism or democratic journalism it operates outside mainstream media but aims to use conventional journalistic practices. With the rise of the internet, citizen journalism is a growing world-wide phenomenon, but, it’s not without…

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