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Brian McNair

Brian McNair

Brian McNair is an academic researcher and media commentator. He writes on a wide range of topics including journalism, political communication, popular culture and mediated sexuality. His most recent books are Porno? Chic! (Routledge, 2013), Journalists In Film (Edinburgh University Press, 2010) and An Introduction To Political Communication (5th edition, Routledge, 2011). He is a regular contributor to press, online and broadcast media in Australia and overseas, including ABC News 24, Sky News, BBC World, and many other news outlets. His books have been translated into fifteen languages, including Russian, Japanese, Mandarin, Spanish, Greek, Polish and Albanian.

Why politicians and television still need each other

Mar 30, 2017 04:08 am UTC| Insights & Views Politics

We are living through a period of particularly combative media-politics relations, driven largely by the Trump presidency and the ongoing fake news debate. But, as an ABC Rear View documentary reminded us recently, tension...

Fake news – a user's guide

Mar 06, 2017 13:16 pm UTC| Insights & Views Technology

With Zelig-like serendipity I was in Stockholm when #lastnightinsweden went viral. While echoing the melancholic majesty of a classic ABBA song title, the hashtag #lastnightinsweden actually referred to yet another Donald...

When politicians become pundits

Jan 17, 2017 15:09 pm UTC| Insights & Views Politics

Former prime minister Tony Abbotts weekend column in The Australian was a good example of professional politicians intervening in the public debate through guest punditry. Abbott has a journalistic background, and is...

Global Geopolitics Series

Putin, the political technologist

Jan 12, 2017 08:17 am UTC| Insights & Views Politics

The 35-page dossier published by Buzzfeed alleging collusion and conspiracy between the Trump campaign and the Russian state in pursuit of what the Kremlin calls active measures against Hillary Clinton not to mention the...

The empire strikes back

Dec 12, 2016 10:57 am UTC| Insights & Views Business

Just five short years after (literally) eating humble pie live on national TV for presiding over the most corrupt, criminally minded, bin-raking, sleaze-mongering crowd of press hacks ever to spread their poison in the...

US Election Series

After objectivity?

Nov 20, 2016 11:14 am UTC| Insights & Views Politics

As the results of the 2016 election came in, the mainstream media in America and around the world demonstrated their inability to cope with the challenge of a president Trump within the conventional paradigms of...

No offence, mate, but ...

Oct 07, 2016 01:35 am UTC| Insights & Views Law

Its been a busy week for the easily offended. On Tuesday, it was reported the Motion Pictures Practitioners Association of Nigeria banned local actress Rahama Sadau from making movies because of an offensive hug she had...

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Economy

Paramount is merging Showtime and Paramount Plus, to offer service under new name

Paramount Global media company revealed it would be combining its Showtime TV network and Paramount Plus streaming service. Once merged, the new service will have a new name - Paramount+ with Showtime. Paramount Global...

Shinsegae I&C, Tmap Mobility agree to EV charging collaboration

Shinsegae IC Inc. and Tmap Mobility Co. Ltd. have joined forces for the expansion of their electric car charging business. The companies confirmed their partnership earlier this week. Under the terms agreed upon by...

Netflix users threaten to ditch service new password-sharing policy is implemented

Netflix recently announced it will be collecting fees from subscribers who share passwords with other users. The streaming giant is taking this step to prevent people, who do not pay, from using the service. Moreover,...

BTS’ agency Hybe buys stake in Supertone audio tech startup

Hybe Co., the managing agency of the BTS superstar boy group, has acquired a 56.1% stake in Supertone audio technology firm. The deal was announced by the company on Tuesday, Jan. 31. Hybe Co. said that it has invested...

Kakao Mobility partners with Super Hero, Dealver, Delion Group, Manna Planet delivery services

Kakao Mobility Co. Ltd., a transportation company based in South Korea, has formed an alliance with four major delivery services to boost sales while cutting operation costs as well. The company signed deals with Dealver,...

Politics

Russia-Ukraine war: Kyiv blasts Croatian president's Crimea comments

Ukraines foreign ministry criticized the comments by Croatian President Zoran Milanovic over the Russian-annexed Crimea. Milanovics comments were in contrast with his countrys Prime Minister and the public, who have openly...

Myanmar coup: UK sanctions companies supplying Myanmar military's air strikes

The United Kingdom has imposed sanctions on two companies and two individuals for supplying the Myanmar military with fuel that was used to carry out air strikes in the country. The new sanctions come as the country is now...

Russia-Ukraine war: UK says not practical to send fighter jets

The United Kingdom said it was not practical to send fighter jets to Ukraine after Kyiv said it would now push to secure the vehicles. The new push follows Kyivs securing of battle tanks from the West. A spokesperson...

US: Labor agency says Apple workplace rules violate labor laws

A US labor agency found that major tech company Apple Inc. violated labor laws. The agency found that Apple unlawfully discourages its employees from discussing working conditions. In an email seen by Reuters, the...

Science

S. Korean researchers develop urine test that diagnoses cancer

A South Korean research team has developed a strip-type urine test that successfully diagnoses prostate and pancreatic cancer on-site by amplifying the optical signal of the metabolome in urine. The joint research team...

S. Korea to invest ₩275 billion in biopharma R&D projects

South Korea will invest 274.6 billion won in the bio-industry this year for 252 new RD projects in the four fields of biopharmaceuticals, healthcare, biomaterials, and medical equipment in 2023. According to South...

Scientists have started steering lightning with lasers – here's how

Lightning may look beautiful but every year it kills thousands of people, does huge amounts of damage to buildings and infrastructure, and causes power outages. The only protection we have is lightning rods, which were...

Our Solar System is filled with asteroids that are particularly hard to destroy, new study finds

A vast amount of rocks and other material are hurtling around our Solar System as asteroids and comets. If one of these came towards us, could we successfully prevent the collision between an asteroid and Earth? Well,...

Eisai, Biogen apply for Alzheimer's drug approval in Japan

Eisai Co. and Biogen Inc. hope to gain approval with the Japanese health ministry by the end of the year of an Alzheimers drug that could both treat the cause and slow symptom progression. The U.S. Food and Drug...

Technology

McDonald’s tests robot-manned restaurant in US

McDonalds has opened its first restaurant almost without employees in White Settlement, a suburb of Fort Worth, Texas, USA. A video of this restaurant posted on Twitter shows that once a customer walks in, theres no one...

Osaka University designs anti-insect laser gun that could work on roaches too

A research team at Osaka Universitys Institute of Laser Engineering has created a blue laser diode gun that could target and lock on to insects weak spots before firing a precision beam. Led by Professors Hiroshi Fuji...

Intel loses $8 billion in market value after revealing dim forecast

Intel Corp saw about $8 billion wiped off its market value after it fanned fears in the personal computer market by predicting a loss for the first quarter and giving a revenue forecast of $3 billion below...

SK Telecom steps into AI coffee robot biz

SK Telecom is launching an unmanned coffee robot service dubbed AI Barista Robot in collaboration with Doosan Robotics Co. The robot can make about 20 different types of coffee and drinks and offers coffee that...

LG Innotek's net up 10.3% in 2022 on auto components demand

LG Innotek Co. posted a net income of 979.8 billion won in 2022, up 10 percent on-year, due to robust sales of high-value products and growing demand from automotive components. The company, an affiliate of LG group and...
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