BELIEF

Steve Bannon has told the media to stop writing about Trump, even stop writing, already. Trump's own press secretary has been caught telling outright lies but only because he was obeying orders. Kellyanne Conway has coined the phrase 'alternative facts.' So it's hardly surprising sales of George Orwell's dystopian classic, 1984, are spiking. The President…Read more BELIEF

Facebook is harming democracy, and Mark Zuckerberg needs to do something about it

This story by Timothy B. Lee for Vox I consider a sister piece to the one I posted before from the New York Times about how journalism needs to get its act together after an orgy of fake news. A generation ago, newspapers and television news programs had a lot of influence over what people…Read more Facebook is harming democracy, and Mark Zuckerberg needs to do something about it

The TTIP of the Iceberg

  Mike McQuade for BuzzFeed News International corporations that want to intimidate countries have access to a private legal system designed just for them. And to unlock its power, sometimes all it takes is a threat. Part two of a BuzzFeed News investigation — read the whole series here. Chris Hamby BuzzFeed News Reporter posted…Read more The TTIP of the Iceberg

Slightly More Than 100 Exceptional Works of Journalism

This fantastic nonfiction from 2015 is still worth discovering and pondering today. The Atlantic's compilation of 100 pieces of journalism of distinction from 2015 read more

Shane MacGowan and The Popes

The pit is a seething mass of fans, swaying, swigging and baying: florid of face and, undoubtedly, 'fluthered', to a man, woman, unwashed street urchin and, for all one can tell amid the throng, at least one stray sheep.

water charges, being an artist and who’s listening

So I went out for a drink the other night with a friend of mine, a very successful person in his own business, with all the accompanying problems related to a successful, independent business in this country and he says to me, 'water charges will come in, it's the way it is, Irish people are…Read more water charges, being an artist and who’s listening

Amazing Grace

The death of former Taoiseach Albert Reynolds recalls to mind the many times I encountered him over the years. He was a gentleman and a fair minded person but one occasion, in particular, stands out for me. It was Christmas, 1999 and I'd been invited to a small gathering in the Reynolds' family home on…Read more Amazing Grace