Issue 513 of New Internationalist
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A better media is possible
Not so long ago, reporters ‘becoming the story’ was taboo, journalists writing about the media, a navel gaze too far. Leave that to the academics.
But, like it or not, today’s chaotic and unpredictable media landscape is a news story in its own right. And one that contains several key elements of drama – including existential threat. If you include social media platforms – now the most common means by which people access news – hardly a day goes by without a novel twist or dire warning, thanks to their activities.
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And Finally: Steve McCurry
Famous for his portrait of the green-eyed ‘Afghan Girl’, photographer Steve McCurry speaks to Graeme Green about Afghanistan,...
Mixed Media: Music
Remain in Light by Angélique Kidjo; Voice of Resistance by Rim Banna.
Costa Rica: Country Profile
Gustavo Fuchs takes a look at this country, nicknamed the ‘Central American Switzerland’.
Why you can teach funny
Comedy is an art form. Kate Smurthwaite explains.
Q&A with Zaina Erhaim
Anton Mukhamedov speaks with the Syrian reporter about the challenges of being a female journalist and the need to document...
Letter from Marabá: Democracy in prison
Dan Baron Cohen writes from Cabelo Seco, where news of former president Lula’s sentencing has stirred waves of anxiety and...
The selfish giants
Laura Basu on how media ownership is getting more concentrated – and what to do about it.
Tell me lies, tell me sweet little lies…
Vanessa Baird writes on the strange mutations of ‘fake news’.
Making waves – meet Divyanshu Ganatra
Blind outdoors enthusiast, Divyanshu Ganatra, on the importance of inclusion through adventure sports in India. Profile by...
Malware for humans
Wars in cyberspace are wars on our minds. JJ Patrick on the murky underworld of big data, social media, espionage and the...
Mixed Media: Film
The Ciambra directed and written by Jonas Carpignano;In the Fade directed and co-written by Fatih Akin.
One belt, one road
Wayne Ellwood looks at the scale of China’s ’Belt and Road’ juggernaut and its economic and political ramifications.