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“He won’t put up with being lectured by anyone, even a member of the royal family. Frankly, they should think twice about putting him and Prince Charles in the same room together.”

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“The US president, Donald Trump, is not to blame for this decline in trust, which predated his election,” the Economist Intelligence Unit wrote, “but he was the beneficiary of it.”

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The bigger picture.

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Spoiler alert - if we leave the EU, it will end up costing the UK a hell of a lot more in the long run! And not just financially...

Right, it's time for some FACTS, you know those rational and researched things the various media outlets and political parties seem to be incapable of reporting in their unaltered and fully factual form.

Professor Michael Dougan has spent his career studying EU law as it relates to the UK and in this video he goes into great detail about how the facts of the EU referendum debate have been heavily abused for politically driven ends. Crucially, Dougan also goes into some detail about what will happen if the UK decides to leave the EU - a scenario which thus far nobody has really outlined.

"My specialism is European Constitutional law, I look at the EU institutions, I look at relations between the EU and its member states – specifically the UK – the single market and the free-movement of persons in particular.

For the most part, I have participated in this debate as an academic expert, I have acted as an adviser to the cabinet office, I have given evidence to various parliamentary committees, I have been acting as a consultant to the BBC for its coverage of the legal issues in this debate.

I will put my cards on the table, partly because it is true and partly because I feel that increasingly I have been forced to that I am obviously going to vote remain. For one very positive reason and for one perhaps very negative reason.

The positive reason is that my twenty odd years of professional experience working on the EU has left me very firmly of the opinion that it is in the national interest to remain what we are now, which is one of the leading powers in one of the most important international organizations on the planet.

The more negative reason is one also directly linked to my work, which is I have just watched with increasing dismay as this referendum debate has unfolded. Although the remain campaign have not exactly covered themselves in glory with their use of dodgy statistics, I think the leave campaign has degenerated into dishonestly on an industrial scale!

What I have found particularly difficult is that I have dared to say some of these things are not true, some of these things are not actually accurate and I found myself being treated with personal insults about my credibility and competence and so on.

It’s probably the equivalent of an evolutionary biologist listening to a bunch of creationists tell the public that creation theory is right and evolution is completely wrong – it really is that bad for someone who is a professional researcher in the field."

#eureferendum   #VoteRemain   #VoteLeave   #Brexit   #Facts  

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“All media work us over completely. They are so pervasive in their personal, political, economic, aesthetic, psychological, moral, ethical, and social consequences that they leave no part of us untouched, unaffected, unaltered. The medium is the massage. Any understanding of social and cultural change is impossible without a knowledge of the way media work as environments”

#TheMediumistheMassage   #MediaStudies   #MassCommunications   #Reading   #Book   #Review   #MarshallMcLuhan  

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"Each episode has a different focus and format presentation, but all the episodes build on one-another and all come together to present a constructively unified exploration of how cinema and media as a whole play a very revealing, strengthening and defeating role in the human psychology of ignorance."

A short blog post exploring why I am making the Breaking Cinema podcast.

#BreakingCinema   #podcast   #todowithfilm   #somethingtodowithfilm   #ignorance   #Psychology   #Film   #Cinema   #Media   #UnderstandingMedia   #MarshallMcLuhan   #ConstructiveFilmStudies   #MediaStudies   #FilmStudies  

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In Understanding Media, Marshall McLuhan proposes that every form of human invention from the blade to the television is a form of media and that all media are extensions of the human being.

#UnderstandingMedia   #MarshallMcLuhan   #MediaStudies   #MassCommunications   #MTA   #MTAportfolio   #Reading   #Book   #Review  

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"The Use of Lateral Thinking is a concise and very accessible book which I would absolutely recommend to everything as it is a road map for a broader and more creative process of thinking, ideation and problem-solving that can be applied in all areas of life."

#LateralThinking   #EdwarddeBono   #FlexibleThinking   #CreativeThinking   #VerticalThinking   #PelicanBooks   #Book   #Reading   #Review  

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I really want to get a cat, because I think they are such beautiful creatures. However, my current tenancy agreement will not allow me to get one, but I will more than happily settle for a Cat Cafe. £10 well spent!

#CatCafe   #Bristol   #BristolCatCafe   #Crowdfunding   #Cats   #Meow  
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