Yesterday I started my MA in Politics and the Mass Media. After a long summer getting back to lessons and moving to a new subject has been a little daunting but exciting all the same.
I’m going to try and blog about what I’m studying and reading during the course as a way to collect together what I’m thinking about. This term I’m taking Political Communication 1 and International Politics of the Mediterranean and Middle East – both are fascinating.
One of the things that has struck me straight away is the nature of mediation between, for example, governments and the public. The way in which we choose to, or are able to, receive our media directly influences our ability to engage with democracy and our society.
Today I’ve been reading around theories of political communication in relation to the Bush administration and the Iraq war. It’s interesting to see that in texts from 2007 the onus is placed strongly on the press to scrutinise the news put out by governments. This is obviously still the case today, but citizen journalism, Twitter and blogging have taken on a role in that scrutiny today.
I can’t wait to get going with the rest of my term!