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The medium is the morality

  MacIntyre and McLuhan: Both emphasised the medium over the message It’s over half a century since Marshall McLuhan, the Canadian mediologist, coined the phrase “the medium is the message”. By that, he meant that no means of cultural communication could be separated from the influences (and ownership) of the medium that carries it. McLuhan […]

Pre-truth, my truth, post-truth

Three decades ago, I defamed a knight of the realm in The Observer. We spent some expensive time taking counsel in chambers, where it was decided that we should settle out of court and apologise. “But it’s true!” I wailed, meaning my story, which was now to be withdrawn as a lie. My editor fixed […]

Why we need to tell stories like the Nativity

I like to think of Jesus saying to his disciples (who, in modern lingo, we might call his mates): “I was born in a stable, me”. It could have been a sort of Aramaic version of Monty Python’s Yorkshiremen sketch – a bunch of horny-handed northern Judean proles getting competitive about their relative hardships: “Luxury! […]

Why top journalists are good news for content marketing

We’ve certainly been around the block in journalism and post-modern communications. Perhaps we’re publishing sages – you can be the judge of that. We change-manage media groups, we launch-edit and staff sites, we develop (and sometimes speak on!) media platforms, we raise funding for original start-ups, we generate on-line content and develop readerships, we sometimes […]

Theresa May’s School of Winners makes us all losers

A few years ago, I gave the speech at the summer prize-giving of a school of which I’m a governor. As part of it, I reprised my own dismal school performance – A-streamed but good at only two subjects, English and Divinity, and never a prizewinner – and I gave a shout-out for all the […]