The Scottish Independence Podcast 111 – Prof John Robertson

ByUIGsVCcAE4-UQ“Good Morning Scotland were almost shameless”.

It has rightly been mentioned in some quarters that before we proceed to indyref 2, the Yes side are going to have to seriously look at what could have been different in indyref 1, and look at how to improve or counteract. In that spirit then I spoke to Professor John Robertson about the book he has written focusing on the media coverage of the referendum and the report on this year’s general election.

You can download the book here –  propagandascotlandreferendum2014

and the election report here – Propaganda or Professionalism

CAzl1BYWoAEzuIgWe talked about how bias can be caused by different factors and how it can manifest itself in different ways, John explained why he thinks devolving the BBC is not perhaps the solution we are hoping for and, as you can see above, we had a few words about Good Morning Scotland.

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Media Studies Friday – 5 – Choose Your Mexican

God and TrumpI’m sure you caught Donald Trump’s comments about Mexico/Mexicans. Just in case you didn’t, here’s the part that rightly got everyone angry…

“[Mexico] are sending people that have lots of problems, and they are bringing those problems to us. They are bringing drugs, and bringing crime, and their rapists,” the business mogul said.

An interesting part of this for me was how the supposedly leftwing side of the mainstream media responded to this and how the line they tried to push differed greatly from what became the most populare response. The Guardian and others focussed on the story of the man in the first video below, which was also popular on youtube. You’ll notice that in order to show just how wrong Trump is, it tells the story of an undocumented Mexican trying to make his road into the acceptable middle-class, starting with his hardworking family putting him through university and so on. Good luck to him, but as much as anything else it is an attempt to sanitise Mexican immigrants by selling a particular vision of the world…

However, going by the number of views, this altogether more direct response from a Mexican labourer, whilst he is actually working outside in dangerously hot conditions, was preferred by the public at large.

There is a media studies lesson in there somewhere. Why did the public prefer the unfiltered labourer to the glossy sanitised story?

Well That Worked Out Fine Then

It’s sometimes a worthwhile exercise to restate the obvious.

In that spirit, it’s worth remembering that along with Gordon Brown’s vow, that Cameron said this… BzqVE7HIcAABjH8

Then we should have a look at what the people of Scotland stated when asked some questions about what powers they wanted…

BzLr0_-CMAAYzCOThen let’s take a look at what we got…

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The Scottish Independence Podcast 110 – EUr Left Hand In, EUr Left Hand Out

For the 110th episode of the Scottish Independence Podcast I spoke with Neil Davidson, an academic and writer, and Colin Fox, leader of the Scottish Socialist Party.

It’s a slightly different episode in that it is 2 discussions about the EU, both from a socialist perspective. motivator1228853One of the interviews makes the left wing case for leaving the EU, and the other makes the left wing case for staying in the EU.

These interviews were conducted a couple of months ago for the SSP podcast, who asked me to do a few interviews for them and I accepted (NB – as ever, the Scottish Independence Podcast is unaligned with any party or group and regular listeners will know we regularly feature SNP, SSP, Greens, Labour for Indy, Libdems for Indy and all sorts of unaligned people and independent groups).

The reason for doing these interviews is that in the coming months we are going to hear a lot about the merits and problems of the EU, but they are mostly going to come from rightwing persIMG-20150308-WA0028pectives – this is why it is important to start giving some perspectives from the other side of the argument early.  I suppose you could call it a bit of public service broadcasting, given that official public service broadcasters don’t seem to do that much of it anymore.

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The Scottish Independence Podcast 109 – Dr Iain Black

For the 109th episode of the Scottish Independence Podcast I spoke with Dr Iain Black of Heriot-University and also of Yes Edinburgh North & Leith. Iain has been conducting some research which you can take part in online either on Bella Caledonia or at Common Space.

As the page on Bella Caledonia says, the research is…

bfemcbmiaaarrxh1… an academic survey to capture who took part in the Yes campaign, what they did and why they took part. The results will be published widely and shared with the main Yes supporting groups to help them understand their volunteers and to understand who changed politics in Scotland.

Our conversation took in the academic work, his personal feelings on the matter of Scottish Independence and how he keeps the two things separate.

Oh and he passed up an open goal as well, but you’ll have to listen to find out what that was.

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