Graham’s Media Resources page.

This is the second time I have attempted something like this. Updating and keeping going the process of adding new links gets a bit boring – so I will probably do this in fits and starts as the moment takes me!

The aim is to create a comprehensive resource of media-relevant websites under various categories e.g. media policy; BBC; ITV; government stuff; cyber-culture etc…

If any of you want to send me links that you think will fit or you find dead links AND can locate the new address then excellent.

 

 

Otherwise click these for resources:

 

Sixties: Counter-culture & Radicalism Resource page. This is New, but lots on it.

 

 

 

Links to on-line versions of module guides

 

Lecture Notes 

 

Things to know about…

 

General resources for all

 

Good, Free, downloadable Software

 

 

1) General Media Resource pages and background material for media studies

 

2) Links to Broadcasters/Newspapers. (this has links to UK and foreign broadcasters & press)

 

3) UK Government (media) and related agencies e.g. DCMS; OFCOM…

 

4) UK Broadcasting

a)     policy and institutions

b)    Programmes/Content/Culture

c)     audiences

 

5) Broadcasting & European Union.

a)      Euro Media Policy especially ‘TV without Frontiers’ + new ‘TVWF’ (= ‘Audio-Visual Media Services’) proposals.

b)    EU individual countries’ media systems

 

 

6) Newspapers

a)     policy and institutions – publishers; economics; PCC etc.

b)    culture and values

c)     readership

 

7) Other International media

 

8) Internet:

a)     regulation, economics & politics;

b)    communities and CMC;

c)     history, psychology, and sociology of the net

 

 

9) Information flow:

      a) Cybernetics/Cyborgs/AI/A-Life/Virtual Reality/Complexity/Auto-poiesis

      b) Information Theory: Shannon/Weaver/Wiener etc. 

 

 

10) Media and Cultural Identity;  

a)     media use and consumables;

b)    media environments, horizons and space;

c) games cultures

 

11) New Media Technologies: media convergence/ new gadgets/telecommunications systems/policy/spectrum/bandwidth issues;

      technological standards; open source software.

 

12) Media analysis and methodologies.

 

  

 

 

 

Lectures for Media

Soc 1009

2.10.09

Summary of 1st lecture on What is Studies. (with useful facts stuck on the end)

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Soc 1009

15.10.10

Map of Media Power structure

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Soc 1009

29.10.10

Varieties of Media Analysis

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Soc 1009

13.11.09

Notes from Bias Lecture

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Soc 1009

23.11.09

Lecture notes on the History of the Press in Britain from 1600 – 2000.

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Soc 1009

27.11.09

Much more detailed set of notes on the History of the press, 1600-2000

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Soc 1009

11.12.09

Radio, Culture and PSB

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Soc 1009

11.12.09

Some notes on the early history of Radio

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Soc 1009

5.2.10

How to use Semiotics: Batman Lecture

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Soc 1009

5.2.10

Further notes on doing a semiotic analysis of Batman

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Soc 1009

12.2.09

Two sets of notes on Hall’s Encoding/Decoding

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Soc 1009

26.2.10

Notes on various aspects of ‘Ideology’ – history/theory of both the concept and particular ideologies.

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Soc 1009

26.2.11

Lecture on Ideology, Critical Theory (Frankfurt school - famous person: Adorno) & Now Show audio extract (X)

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Soc 1009

26.2.11

Notes for Ideology 2 lecture: with puppy picture.

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Sic 1009

4.3.11

McLuhan and the Meaning of Life

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Soc 1009

5.3.10

Lecture on material culture: Bowden &Offer – Things we like.

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Soc 1011

10.10.09

Lecture on TV and Nation – Nation as class into mass.

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Soc 1011

11.09

Lecture on Gulf war reporting (Ted Sullivan)

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Soc 1011

11.09

Lecture on TV News (Ted Sullivan)

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Soc 1011

16.1.10

Tom Burns’ ‘The BBC’ – ethnographic study of TV organisation in 1970s

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Soc 1011

23.1.10

Georgina Born’s ‘Uncertain Vision’ – ethno study of BBC in late 1990s

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Soc 1011

13.2.10

Comedy and TV

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Soc 1011

27.2.10

Light Entertainments, Variety Shows and TV

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Soc 1011

4.2.11

Scheduling of TV lecture

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Soc 1011

16-3-12

Talk show You tube links X

 

 

 

 

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Soc 2004

10.1.11

Lecture notes on Policy and Regulation

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Soc 2004

17.1.11

Lecture notes on Peacock and after

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Soc 2004

29.1.10

Drop the Dead Monkey – collapse of ITV digital

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Soc 2004

29.1.11

Drop the Dead Monkey - relevant newspaper articles

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Soc 2004

9.2.11

‘Communications Act 2003’ Lecture notes

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Soc 2004

16.2.11

Notes from ‘Charter Renewal lecture’.

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Soc 2004

26.2.11

Europe Lecture.

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Soc 2004

16.3.11

International regulation of Broadcasting Policy: WIPO, GATS, WTO etc.

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Soc 2004

22.11.10

Principles of PSB and Commercial Broadcasting

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Soc 2004

29.11.10

Dumbing Down lecture

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Soc 2004

14.3.11

Trans-national European satellite TV (1960-1990)

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Soc 2004

21.3.11

Trans-national European satellite TV (1990 to today) pt 2

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Soc 2034

1.10.12

Media, Culture, identity – a phenomenological approach

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Soc 3016

7.10.09

‘Critical Political Economy’ lecture

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Soc 3016

24.2.10

Notes for ‘City of Bits’ lecture

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Soc 3016

13.12.11

Death of the Internet and its Governance

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Soc 3016

3.3.10

Virtual Reality

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Soc 3016

10.3.10

Cyborgs

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 Readings and articles related to Lectures & Essays & Exams

Soc 1011

13.2.10

Origins of TV Comedy

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Soc 3016

7.10.09

Readings on Critical Pol Econ & Ethno (a) and (b)  +  the Intro remarks (c)

 

Soc 2004

27.4.10

Articles on DTV – for essay on: Is DTV a success

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Soc 3016

18.5.10

Articles for Soc 3016 Exam on May 17TH 2010

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Soc 3016

22.11.09

Thompson article on Media Visibility

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 Broadcast programmes & recordings on Media topics

29.4.09

Decline of Public Sphere due to ‘blogging’/’citizen journalism’ and to the decline of a City/Local press in the US – Radio 5 interview with Paul Starr (Prof of Sociology, Princeton University, USA). Lucid, good stuff. V. relevant to UK

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Things about which you should know…

4.3.07

Definition of ‘Right-wing’ and ‘Left-Wing’: quite good Wiki article, though a possible working sense of the terms could be that left = believing that equality is the basic human value; right = believing that social order (conservatism) or individual liberty (liberalism) is the basic value. Note: liberty may result from equality but in that case, liberty would be secondary, not primary.

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24.2.07

a)     how a law is made from a Draft BILL to a BILL to an ACT

b)     the work of the 2 Houses of Parliamenti) Lords and ii) Commons (where MPs sit)

c)     the work of Parliamentary Committees (v. important for scrutiny of  the work of Govt Depts., Ministers and others e.g. Rupert and James Murdoch were examined by the Parl. There are several types, but the type that affects media is a ‘select committee’

Committee that deals with the work of the Govt department of Culture, Media and Sport. The phrase is that a Parl Committee can ‘send for any papers, persons, or things’.

 

 

 

General Resources for all.

24.3.07

Project Gutenberg – a huge on-line library of all kinds of (largely) out of copyright books. If you need classic novels such as Alice in Wonderland, or obscure works on sports or various human pursuits, you may well find it here. ‘Squinty the Comical Pig’ is an absolute winner from 1915!

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24.3.07

What’s on the TV tonight? Daily Listings for all UK TV channels.

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24.3.07

Link to Amazon UK for books, CDs, DVDs, and other goods. Useful way of searching for books on all kinds of topics

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Good, Free, downloadable Software

Here is a collection of links to all kinds of important and/or useful software that is Free – check it out.

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Get rid of your MS Internet Explorer/Outlook Express, TRY Mozilla Firefox (browser) and Thunderbird (email). Simply better, more stable, regular updates, very good security. Its Open source software i.e. committed to global co-operation to produce seriously tested software. Download as one package or separately (which might be the better thing to do). Download to your desktop, click, and watch it install. It also has a really simple RSS reader/manager for podcasts and lots of helpful plug-ins.

 

Don’t forget to import your outlook express emails and address book into thunderbird (very easy to do) and to make thunderbird/firefox you default email and web-browser respectively. When you want to save your emails to a USB drive or disc then (assuming XP) simply click ‘start’, click ‘run’ and type in:  %appdata%, go into ‘thunderbird’ folder, and then go through the next up folder(s) until you come to your ‘local folder’, then save it to your external drive.

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Download books, films, documents, radio programmes and all kinds of stuff using Bit Torrent.  To get access to download software try the BitTorrent software: utorrent and for Bit Torrent resources try Isohunt. This is a kind of P2P system where you are downloading a file at the same time as you are uploading it bit by bit. The speed of the download will depend on how many are on-line who are sending you pieces of the file you want. It’s like a swarm of helpers each doing their bit for you…so long as they are present and have the bits! It is courtesy to stay on line for while uploading what you have downloaded, so that you can either be a seeder rather than a leecher!

 

 

 

Major Libraries: you can locate a huge range of material and find out what is out there.

23..3.07

British Library: the ‘national’ library – vast and you can go to use it.

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24.3.07

Newspaper&journalism resources – the BL link to lots of other Univ etc media resources

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24.3.07

Links to a load of media libraries and special media resource collections

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24.3.07

For newspapers/magazines, the British Library’s centre at Colindale (North London) is the place to go. But you cannot just walk in and use, so here is their site that tells you how to go about consulting their collections. Esp. relevant to media and journalism students doing dissertations on print media.

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23.3.07

Oxford University Library – the Bodleian. It’s a copyright library which means they have a copy of every book published in the UK, as well as millions of other items.

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23.3.07

Cambridge University Library. Important collections of material

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23.3.07

Harvard University Library. US’s most important University

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23.3.07

London School of Economics (LSE) library.  Probably the best Social Science library in Europe

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23.3.07

Links to Libraries all over the world.

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Media Studies Resource Sites

4.10.07

Media journal – back issues. Australian so often pieces about Oz/Pacific Rim, but good for new media.

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1.10.07

Cultsock Media and Cultural Studies resources (very good for all aspects of media and cultural studies)

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1.10.07

David Chandler’s media web

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 British Film Institute – BFI – that does loads on TV

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 BFI Screenonline (only accessible from a University web address) loads of TV clips/progs from all decades and genres

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 How to do media research – methods and strategies

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 BFI TV programmes talk with Experts

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 Leeds University Media Policy and Media site

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Leeds Univ page to lots more Media Resource sites

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INTUTE Media Resources – loads of links to Media Resources

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BUBL Media resources – massive A-Z set of links

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Media Resources provided for public and business/industry use

11.3.07

Informitv: news service on media developments in technology and policy – UK oriented but often liked to  global media.

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24.2.07

Blinkx are indexing current radio and TV output (including selections of BBC) almost in real time - radio as well as TV. The difference with this technology to Google video and yahoo video is that blinkx claims to do speech to text conversion in English, German and a few other languages. Yahoo and Google use the close-captioning to index...which is why there is no radio.

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24.2.07

Media Guardian – you should all register (free) for this. + This Week (MG whole  week summary)

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24.2.07

Cult TV – resource site for famous, important, often much referred to TV progs and series.

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24.2.07

Lots of streamed clips and timeline of TV.

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24.2.07

Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom: up-to-the-minute issues concerning broadcasting and the press especially in terms of public and policy issues

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12.2.07

Resources on Media/telecomms convergence

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9.2.07

This looks a good blog on all  areas of MEDIA POLICY. See also the Mobile and wireless section.

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10.1.09

The Register for news of Media developments in technology, policy, public sphere

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Media Journals and Media Theory:– theorists, theories, analyses of media topics

 

Very readable essay on Habermas idea of the Public Sphere

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‘Outfoxed’ – a documentary about Murdoch’s Fox Channel and its impact on media & democracy.

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Free Culture and Code 2.0 are Laurence Lessig’s classic books on how Government and the Corporations are gaining control of the Internet. THESE ARE FREE DOWNLOADS.

 

 

book on Deleuze& Marx – I draw on the ideas of Gilles Deleuze in my media in the Global Age and Sixties courses. Especially his ideas of the ‘Virtual’ and of re/de territorialisation and the famous notion: ‘body without organs.’

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Papers on  Chomsky and Hermann famous Propaganda Model

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Westminster Papers in Communications – see left-hand side bar for all back issues

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Media journal – back issues. Australian so often pieces about Oz/Pacific Rim, but good for new media.

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Canadian Journal of Media Studies

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‘First Monday’ journal: articles/research on New Media/Internet/Cyberculture.

 

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Fibreculture for articles and stuff on Net/Mobile culture/cyberspace/ and look at side bar for links to other journals

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UK Broadcasting: BBC & ITV Resources.

5.2.07

List of Director Generals, BBC.

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24.2.07

TV history especially ITV in all aspects.

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24.2.07

Clips from the first ever TV programmes in Britain, 1936 – see especially the first ever TV broadcast – the Radiolympia clip. (click on ‘audio-visual’ on right of web-page)

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24.2.07

Radio Times for 1936…that has listings for first ever week of TV (a London only service) 2 hours a day! 3-4 and 9-10pm.

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24.2.07

Huge Resource on influential BBC drama series: ‘Play for Today’ from 1960s -1980s

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24.2.07

Resource for ‘The Wednesday Play’: v. important, often radical, drama slot on BBC

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1.10.09

TV Genres and the linked pages discussing genres and classic programmes

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1.10.09

The identity of ‘high culture’ and Reithian ideals. Argument that some Radio 3 programmes are too highbrow to be properly Reithian.

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1.10.09

Fascinating history of Security services vetting of BBC personnel

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1.10.09

Digital Switchover dates region by region (BBC/ITV) and article summary. Also more precise details here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UK Media Policy

 

LSE media Policy Project links – good – click on to the links in the side bar for articles and papers etc

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LSE Media Policy Resources – loads of stuff

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Global Media stuff from the Annenberg School of Comms and media at Pensylvannia Univ

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Oxford Univ Comparative media law/Policy Units archived articles and research

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Richard Collin’s website (Prof of Media Studies at OU)

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Some good research papers on media from Ulster Univ Centre for Media Research

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9.3.07

Useful summary of BBC/Government license fee settlement arrangements i.e. how much dosh BBC gets and how much it can borrow etc.

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10.8.06

OFCOM results on Digital Take-up. Digest of statistics on conversion to Digital TV. (2006 but useful as evidence of an historical trend)

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2010

Digital Terrestrial TV channels and their multiplex (MUX) allocation and web links to the various DTTV channels and more. THIS PAGE CONTAINS REALLY USEFUL INFO ON DTTV.

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Here’s the UK chapter from the huge ‘TV in Europe’ report I have fully links for in the European Media policy section below.

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2007

This is a summary of the speech by Tessa Jowell on the White paper on BBC charter renewal. And HERE is the White paper that you can download along with  the new draft Royal Charter and agreement. And these are some good articles of comment and crit  about the white papers conclusions: The  Guardian’s summary; The Times (prop. R. Murdoch); BBCs summary; Bloomberg.com (US); BBCs summary of  critics of white paper; Guardian summary of critics. Raymond Snoddy/Indie comment. These are important if you are looking at the issue of the 2007 Charter Renewal for the BBC: they represent the comment and Government statements at the time

 

 

OFCOM Report on definition of media ownership for press and broadcasting.

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OFCOM Definition of Public service Broadcasting current at 2009

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2009/10

House of Lords Communication Committee Report on Public Service Broadcasting

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European Media Policy

 

9.3.07

Huge and important report on Television in Europe. General and country by country review. Lots on the Eastern European countries’s TV.  It focuses upon media pluralism and quality. Go on, have a look, and also look at United Kingdom chapter. And here’s the Summary report.

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28.2.07

Short explanation of the new TV Without Frontiers context and proposals as at 11/06 (and see immediately below)

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28.2.07

This is a useful summary of the various stages of the new TVWF from first ideas in 2002 to EU parliamentary approval in Dec 2006.

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28.2.07

This is the full set of proposals on the new version of TVWF send by the EU Commission to the EU Parliament for debate

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28.2.07

DCMSs’ useful website devoted to TV without Frontiers -  THE EU main audio-visual policy statement.

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28.2.07

If you are really keen, this is the ‘consolidated’ version of the ‘new’ TVWF showing old and new text so you can see what changes

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28.2.07

Good overview of EU spectrum policy – remember spectrum access underpins most broadcast media stuff.

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28.2.07

The EU Audio-Visual Media website – lots of articles, documents, legal bits etc.

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28.2.07

EU Digital Broadcasting Policy website

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28.2.07

Useful Press release by EU commissioner Vivienne Reding on The Future of EU Telecomms and the EU as a Global Village.

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Link to major report on TV in Europe. Full links on Euro Med Policy section of resource page.

 

2009

Rules on Public Service Broadcasting in relation to Commercial media market

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New Media Technologies: hardware/software/networks

10.1.09

Interesting report on Open Source Software – not for profit software that is better than its commercial rivals such as Microsoft etc but is made by volunteers.

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17.1.07

Poor sales of the new Mobile phone TV handsets.

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12.12.06

Too small a screen - The problem of Mobile phone based TV

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9.12.06

BSkyB and Mobile TV (historical from 2006)

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14.9.05

Broadband TV/IPTV (historical  from 2005)

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7.6.05

Digital/Freeview households outnumber analogue only households (useful historical article)

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Internet.

 

Oxford Internet Institute – excellent site for loads of papers and news on Internet Research of all kinds

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4.3.07

Resource Centre in Cyberculture Studies: good Intro essay by David Silver, and loads of book reviews

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12.2.07

Berkman center for research into Internet and Society

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12.2.07

Electronic Frontier Foundation (about freedom/control of Internet)

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12.2.07

‘First Monday’ journal: articles/research on New Media/Internet/Cyberculture.

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12.2.07

Violence and Video Games – a review of the research.

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12.2.07

Open Democracy – discussion of Media/Net politics/policies

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12.2.07

Fibreculture – articles on new media – mobiles/gaming/virtuality etc.

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12.2.07

Oxford Internet Institute – papers on new Net research

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20.3.07

Barry Wellman’s papers on virtual communities, digital divide, computer mediated communication. Wellman is the main man!

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11.10.07

Paper on On-line multi-user games and Media Complexity

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5.1.07

Does the Internet help or hinder the circulation of news?

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Jolly good web sites

click here for the Ereignis page. This is the best Heidegger website on the net.

click here for access to the main papers covering The Sokal Affair. A New York University physicist wrote a hoax article about hermeneutics and quantum physics. It parodied all the dreadful jargon and meaningless concepts found in postmodern and deconstructionist writing. Social Text, a leading cultural studies journal linked to such luminaries as Fredric Jameson and Andrew Ross, in gross scientific ignorance, published the article. The scandal has given rise to a vast amount of debate over the intellectual and political status of cultural studies. Also there is a massive archive of links on the Sokal Affair from 1996 up to today - more detailed than Sokal's own page (see previous link). Access HERE

click here for the  journal. This is one of the leading academic cultural studies journals in the world. You can read on-line all issues of it.

Cyberpunk and Postmodern Culture

Anachron City: Jean Baudrillard for a good set of links and info on Baudrillard

CTHEORY Fairly mad hyper-postmodern journal edited by Arthur Kroker. Good for cultural studies; useful for reviews, as you may have no plans to read any books on the Media and PC course.

Extropianism and Transhumanism: going beyond the human - literally `post-human'. Hyper-rationalism, hyper-science, and hyper-californian. The sanest, looniest bunch on the Net. Links to: Spontaneous Order, Hayek, Free-market `austrian' economic theory, cryogenics nano-technology, artificial life, libertarianism, consciousness uploading.

 

 

Music & Radio at the edges.

24.3.07

Resonance FM – web-radio station carrying all kinds of experimental progs in music and the arts. Run by the London Musicians Collective. Hosts ‘Mixing It’ the ‘avant-rock’ prog Radio 3 so insanely removed from its schedules!

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6.4.07

The Paranoid Foundation. Dark Music collective. Listen and learn.

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6.4.07

Terry Riley. Founder of Minimalist music

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6.4.07

42 for Henry Flynt. Amazing piece of music…just listen to the sound/duration/intensity.

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6.4.07

ReR Megacorp. Huge on-line catalogue of all music that is seriously worth knowing about: jazz, avant-garde, electronic, ambient, improvisation, experimental… Run by Chris Cutler who was part of 70s left-field jazz—rock outfit Henry Cow and later the Art Bears.

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British NEWSPAPERS, RADIO AND TELEVISION services.

ABCE

Analysis of website hits for major on-line newspapers and magazines

ABC

Gives full details of newspaper & magazines sales – v. useful for understanding newspaper markets.

Media UK

Website with details of all UK TV, Radio, Magazines, Newspapers; owners, management, year of founding etc.

All National papers

Links to all UK National papers (or see below)

All Scottish papers

….All Scottish newspapers, local and national

All English&Welsh local papers

As it says…

All UK local press

Media UK website provides links to almost every local newspaper

all the world's press

Huge set of links to 10,000 newspapers

International archive of newspapers

Amazing set of links to the archives of the worlds press and media.

UK press links

Rather garish site, but useful for links to local and national press in UK and various magazines

World press

Astonishing website of UK nationals and regional press and masses of international press, TV, Radio etc links.

World Press  (good)

You can view papers from all over the world at this site. Very good, but perhaps not  as good as above.

US&World press

Another search engine for global press

US TV networks (national)

Links to national TV networks in the US

US TV (by state)

Links to individual state TV channels in the USA

World's press today

Links to around the current edition of 6500 papers around the world

Australian press

All Australian national and local press.

various magazines

Links to an assortment of magazine e.g. Private Eye, Times Higher Education Suppl, Socialist Worker etc..

BBC Homepage

Homepage for all BBC

BBC TV

Access to homepage for all BBC TV services

BBC 4

BBC 4 homepage/schedules – v good channel for kultcha!

BBC Radio

Generic BBC radio homepage – all stations.

Radio 4

R 4 homepage - lots of ‘listen again’ progs available

Radio 3

R 3 homepage – look at stuff on experimental, jazz, contemporary stuff avant-rock + classical music, drama

BBC 7

Digital station covering comedy & drama, especially detective drama.

ITV

ITV – popular commercial broadcaster.

C4

C 4 Homepage

C5

C5 Homepage

Sky

Sky Homepage

Media Guardian

Media Guardian – please sign up (free) to keep up with al the major media stories and info

The Guardian

All Guardian stories

The Observer

Sunday Left-Liberal up-market, good for politics, culture, arts. Sunday version of Guardian in effect.

The Times

The Paper of record. Fairly conservative

Sunday Times

Major Sunday paper: good for politics culture and the arts. Fairly conservative

Financial Times

Mainly finance,but good for  reports on arts, culture media as well.

Daily Telegraph

Classic Conservative party supporting newspaper, noted for good reporting, especially on politics and sports.

The Independent

Centre-Liberal paper, good for politics, culture, arts.

Daily Mail

Middle England Conservative newspaper, noted for its good sense of its readers values and tastes.

Mail on Sunday

Sunday version of above

Daily Express

A conservative newspaper that was the biggest selling paper in the  1950s but has drifted badly into tabloid territory. Lost its way.

Sunday Express

Sunday version of above

Daily Mirror

Left-labour newspaper. 2nd largest selling tabloid.

The Sun

Right-wing tabloid; biggest selling paper. Attuned to its readers.

News of the World

Sunday paper; sister paper to the Sun. One of the oldest (18thC.) Classic paper for scandal, sex and shock.

Daily Sport

Pretty dreadful sex and scandal paper – mostly sex.

The People

Low Level  tabloid; lacks identity, but sells quite well. Old  fashioned.

Daily Star

Popular tabloid, tacky; mostly sex and trivia. But not at the Sport’s level of awfulness.

Evening Standard

London paper, goes through several editions a day; hits the stands at noon

 

 

 Media and Culture

1.10.09

Genres of  Videogames

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Videogaming article

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Violence and Video Games – a review of the research.

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Cybernetics/Cyborgs/AI/A-Life/Virtual Reality/Complexity/Auto-poiesis

Andy Clark’s papers on AI, Robotics, and cognitive science. Clark was at the famous Sussex research dept COGS & review of Clark

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Chris Langton (sort of founder of A-life) website with good things to read and do. Also see Santa Fe Institute.

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Mark Bedau’s research papers – very good on A-life stuff

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Four (not entirely different) papers by Bedau on A-life (introductory but very much worth reading) (1), (2), (3) & (4)

 

Claude Emmeche is a main man in the AI/A-life community. See this paper on computational views of Life and his main page & this

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Transhumanism and Extropianism: launch your consciousness and body into hyperspace. Fun.

 

Principia Cybernetica: Francis Heylighen’s massively parallel resource. Papers/definitions/books/terms…amazing project.

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N. Katherine Hayles on Cyborgs

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Cyberfeminist collective web: good stuff and mediocre. Odd mix of multi-media approaches to cyber-women’s IDs.

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What is Cybernetics? By Stafford Beer: influential British cyberneticist

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The Cybernetics Society

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 Good intro to: What is Complexity

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Try this: John Conway’s Game of Life (artificial life simulator)

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MC Journal special edition on Complexity

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INFORMATION THEORY: Shannon, Wiener, Marshall McLuhan

Information Theory - the analysis of the flow of signals down various media channels - is rooted in the work of Claude E. Shannon and his able expositor Warren Weaver, and, that of mathematician (and originator of Cybernetics) Norbert Wiener. In a more humanistic and cultural setting Marshall McLuhan (a 60s intellectual Guru revived in the 90s) developed a historical take on the flow and intensity of communicative symbols. As such I provide here some links to the work and ideas of all these three thinkers.

 

 Shannon's celebrated Mathematical Theory of Communication

 Intro to Wiener's Ideas.

  William Ross Ashby Another (even more forgotten British) pioneer in Cybernetics.

Marshall McLuhan home page

McLuhan links - massive!

 Andrew Garner has written an excellent paper on the self and internet-identity. This links well to many of McLuhan's insights. Read it here.