When talking about the internet, we like to assume it is a powerful utility that enhances democracy. But instead of improving our understanding and informing our political choices, social networks and social media actually narrows the debate and closes down free speech. Electorates across the world are being manipulated by tech monopolies that are collating our data and using it to appeal to our prejudices. In short, digital is killing democracy. We went to the Netherlands to meet André Krouwel, a political scientist who thinks differently about the power and influence of social media.
We can only wonder if Madrid is under the delusion that simply taking over Catalonia’s government and having elections is their silver bullet solution. It is too dogmatic to understand that it is creating political martyrs for the independence movement to be inspired by.
Award-winning journalist and broadcaster, Jon Snow says The Grenfell Tower disaster is a demonstration of the elite’s failure to engage with the lives of those on which they report. The explosion of digital media may have filled the void left by the decimation of the newspaper industry, but it has not connected the Fourth Estate any more effectively with the left behind, the disadvantaged and the excluded.
Britain is in the grip of a housing crisis. But contrary to some Daily Mail speculators, the bricks and mortar economy is not going the way of Japan, circa 1990. Economist, Neil Wilson, explains why the same economic and political forces suppressing Japanese prices will keep British prices artificially inflated for the foreseeable future.
The Left has become so preoccupied with fighting online battles, it is losing the real world war. Comedian Jazz Twemlow examines his complicated relationship with progressive politics.