Brazil past and present: the next general elections

By Emma Brooks

This October, Brazil will be holding its general elections to vote in a new president and a new government. This election marks quite a turning point, namely because Brazil’s outgoing President, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (more often known simply as Lula) will not be re-elected again. Lula has been president since 2002, a long 8 years in office, and a change of President though it may be welcome, will definitely be a new turning point. Read more of this post

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The coalition’s first 100 days: an analysis

By Chris McCarthy

On Thursday May 6 the British electorate cast their votes in a general election that concluded with an historic coalition arrangement. The media erupted in hysterical spasm as swingometer convulsed in confusion and vitamin-D deficient constitutional academics were wheeled before the glare of studio lenses. The bonhomie between the prime minister and his deputy in their first joint press conference suggested the heralding of a new, refreshing political paradigm, born of political necessity but recognised as a transformative opportunity. Read more of this post

Traditional media outlets struggle for an identity

By Chris McCarthy

Every day I like to learn something new. Sometimes I proactively source a new skill or seek a morsel of information to temporarily sate my insatiable appetite for knowledge and obscure facts. Other times I am a passive participant to the exchange of information through a process of subconscious osmosis. Often we learn without realising we have. Yesterday I was acutely aware of what I was learning though it was an unintended consequence of my initial purpose and a reinforcement of a previously held conviction. As consumption patterns change, the dissemination of news through traditional media outlets is chronically ill and newspapers are  struggling for an identity. Read more of this post