Reading for Battle

Battle Readings is a regularly updated compilation of articles, essays, and opinion pieces relevant to the themes of the Battle of Ideas.

Choose a theme from the listing on the left to narrow your search, or view all readings.


Mental health stigma hasn't gone away
Stigma surrounding mental health comes in many forms, and it’s important to understand what the differences are
Pete Etchells, Guardian, 28 August 2014

Media’s Damaging Depictions of Mental Illness
Margarita Tartakovsky, Psych Central, January 2014

Technology in museums - less is more
The drive to 'engage' patrons with gadgets strips museums of their innate wonder.
Wendy Earle, spiked, 17 December 2013

Cyber Warfare: The Modern Cold War?
Peter Armstrong, Huffington Post, 18 October 2013

For the Public Benefit: Why Everyone Should Back the Royal Charter on Press Self-Regulation
The Charter settlement offers a historic opportunity to put behind us widespread misconduct of the kinds identified in the Leveson Report and so to rebuild trust between the press and the public. It does this without in any way reducing the freedom of the press to carry out journalism that is in the public interest.
Brian Cathcart, International Forum for Responsible Media blog, 15 October 2013

Out of Print: newspapers, journalism and the business of news in the Digital Age
News and journalism are in the midst of upheaval. How does news publishing change when a newspaper sells as little as 300,000 copies but its website attracts 31 million visitors? These shifts are forcing assumptions and practices to be rethought from first principles. Out of Print examines the past, present and future for a fragile industry battling a 'perfect storm' of falling circulations, reduced advertising revenue, rising print costs and the impact of 'citizen journalists' and free news aggregators.

George Brock, Kogan Page, 3 September 2013

The new feminism is just snobbery
Tim Black, spiked, 12 August 2013

The press denied readers the facts over Leveson
Was ours "a free and open marketplace of information"? Not even close, says Martin Moore of the Media Standards Trust.
Martin Moore, New Statesman, 19 May 2013

Don’t blame the internet for false rumours about Boston - it’s the enemy of falsehoods
Being first and fast is all very well, but there is a way to do that without publishing falsehoods. In a brilliant insight, the New York-based digital guru Jeff Jarvis wrote: 'The key skill of journalism today is saying what we ‘don’t’ know, issuing caveats and also inviting the public to tell us what they know.'
Roy Greenslade, Evening Standard, 21 April 2013

Africa for Norway – a social media viral success story
If you are interested in social media for international development many of you will have already seen the fantastic Africa for Norway video which I mentioned in a previous blog. I was interested in how this video reached 2 million views so quickly, was it traditional or social media that contributed to such a swift success?
David Girling, Social Media for Development blog, 13 April 2013

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The Credit Crunch Demystified - The market has hollowed out

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