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About James Curran

James Curran is professor of communications at Goldsmiths College, University of London, and External Editor of the Media and the Net themes at openDemocracy.

Articles by James Curran

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Adam Bychawski is an editorial assistant at openDemocracy.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Why has the Internet changed so little?

The Internet Age was meant to change everything - internationalism, commerce, journalism, government - all would be transformed, made equal and boundless by the click. It's time to admit this has simply failed to happen, and what is more interesting than the bad forecasting is the reason that they seemed so tempting in the first place. (This is the text of a lecture delivered in Sydney in December 2011)

OurKingdom forum: The fall of Murdoch - What next?

An ongoing forum in which OurKingdom authors consider why the fall of Rupert Murdoch has taken place, what it tells us about the state of Britain and what the key lesson are for the media and government.

James Curran

Congratulations on being 10.
Also for having the vision to recognise the potential of the internet to enable a global conversation  – and the inexhaustible energy and drive to reinvent yourself not once, not twice, but three times. And stay luminous as an international beacon for a decade.
Unfortunately, the proposition that advanced forms of democracy will prevail in 2050 is so absurd that it cannot be plausibly explained. It took over two centuries of struggle to secure often imperfect forms of democracy in parts of the world. ‘Open’, ‘pluralist’ democracy ‘over vast swathes’ is likely to take longer.
James Curran's Media and Democracy/Routledge

The BBC Strategy Review: Goldsmiths Leverhulme Media Research Centre responds

Staff at the Goldsmiths Leverhulme Media Research Centre give their verdict on the BBC Strategy Review: its proposals "would lead to a reduction in quality, would signify a shrinking of ambition and would undermine the public space facilitated by the BBC"

Global media concentration: shifting the argument

The combative debate on media ownership has highlighted the importance both of new global megacorporations and of the multiplicity of the commercial landscape. But, concludes openDemocracy’s media co-editor, the combination of money and power in sustaining media oligopoly and monopoly continues to pose serious questions about the state of democracy.

Paradox of freedom on the media frontline

As the innovative Al Jazeera station opens out to a new audience across the Arab world, governments are pressing broadcasters to collaborate in their management of the public mind.

Beyond sleepwalking

The new media landscape demands fresh, undogmatic thinking. Three wise men launch the media debate on an unsuspecting world.
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