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BNP – Censorship, where do we draw the line?

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As the row continues to simmer about the appearance of the BNP’s Nick Griffin on the BBC’s Question Time programme we have to ask ourselves if banning the BNP from live TV is the right stance to take?

It’s not so long ago that we here in Ireland banned Sinn Féin members from the airwaves through legislation know as the broadcasting ban. This same party  now holds leadership positions in the devolved government in the north of Ireland and are regularly welcomed to places like 10 Downing Street and the Whitehouse. This is also the same party whose leaders or many of them have been responsible for maiming and killing thousands of people similar to the actions of those who founded this state.

On a daily basis we are exposed to images and media interviews of world leaders like George Bush, Obama and Gordon Brown across all media outlets. These are world leaders who are responsible for killing thousands if not millions of Iraqi’s and Afghans. The same world leaders who live in lavish luxury while half the world starves.

The catholic church whose hierarchy continue to be afforded the respect of those holding very high office and who are usually seated at the top tables of most family weddings continue to preach from the dark ages. It’s not so long ago that gays and lesbians were not recognised by this state and the catholic church. The same catholic church that disapproves of contraception whether it be for family planning or to prevent the spread of killer diseases like AIDs.

OK, I’m gone off on a little rant but while I’m no fan of the BNP I do think that trying to censor them only plays into their hands by supplying them with the oxygen that helps their propaganda machine breath. If we are going to censor them for holding very extreme views should we not also ban all of the above and many more??

Censorship is a real old media stance afterall its virtually impossible to censor groups like the BNP in the new media age we live in.

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Battle against BNP continues

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UK readers continue to flock online for daily news

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Consumers continue to move online for news, with nearly all national newspaper websites showing growth in traffic year on year in September.

 The MailOnline saw a huge leap of 74% in its unique users according to ABC figures for the month of September. The site has become a haven for readers searching for celebrity led content and now has an average of 30m users each day.

The Mirror saw its traffic jump 58% to 8.9m users. This is in contrast with a fall in circulation for the print edition of the daily paper of 9% in September.

The Sun online was up 47% for its unique users in the month. News International’s broadsheet title, The Times however, fell 8% year on year making it the worst performing national newspaper website in September.

The guardian.co.uk climbed 42% in users, giving it a daily average of 32.9m users, the biggest of any national newspaper site. The print title was down 10% in the month however.

The Telegraph online showed a 36% increase in users in September taking it to an average of 31m users.

All in all September showed a healthier market for national news papers. While all print titles, excluding the Daily Star and the Daily Star on Sunday, saw a decline in circulation, for most this was a single figure drop.

The Independent is still struggling to maintain circulation however, with a 16% fall in September for the daily edition and a 14% drop for its Sunday title. The Observer also saw a double digit fall of 15% and The Times only just crept into double digits with a 10% drop in circulation.

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Google Wave teams up with Tarantino

Still not sure what this whole Google Wave thing is about?

Although there’s at least one really good video that breaks down the socially collaborative e-mail app, none does it as entertainingly than this one, which incorporates the “Big Kahuna” scene from Quentin Tarantino’s 1994 masterpiece Pulp Fiction.

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Mail pulls ads as old media clashes with new

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The Daily Mail online has pulled advertising running alongside a comment piece by Jan Moir, which has caused a furore over its statements relating to Boyzone singer Stephen Gately’s death.

There are no problems with ads on other pages on Dailymail.co.uk, but the banner, skyscraper and rich media placements on the article by Jan Moir now contain house ads.

There was never any doubt that a piece like this was going to cause controversy but its unclear who pulled the ads.

Little did Moir or her editors know that this piece would go nuclear across the social media and online world and cause such a spat between old media and new.

Of course, Moir is entitled to her opinion, free speech and all that and readers are just as entitled to have a go at her.

Moir believes that there is more to the death of Gately but she fails to back up her innuendo with any fact about the circumstances around the death.

Either way the piece caused enough of a stir for the Mail to take the drastic measures of removing the online ads in what is a classic example of old media versus new media.

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New Conservative website collapses at launch

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The Conservatives in the UK have just launched a new website, which calls itself “the most ambitious party political campaigning network of its kind outside of the US”, spent much of its first day redirecting to the Tory party’s main website while the problem was fixed.

The site is intended to be a focal point for local activism, which will let individual users to organise “microcampaigns” and raise funds for local projects.

However, the system appears to have been unable to cope with demand. The online communities editor for the Conservative Party, Craig Elder, said on his Twitter feed: “Sorry if anyone’s having probs getting on MyConservatives – wasn’t quite expecting THAT level of demand…”

An hour later, with the site still down, he quipped: “OK, so when I said ‘everyone get onto MyConservatives’, I didn’t mean all at once. We’ll have it up and running again shortly.”

When is an Irish political going to take the web more seriously????

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The Social Media Guru

Who/what agency within Irish online space does this remind you of  ????

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