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Connecting Europe – EU Elections (1) April 21, 2009

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 By Dídac Gutiérrez-Peris 

This is the first of a series of articles related with the June 2009 European Elections.  

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European what?

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The starting point is something called Predict09 (www.predict09.eu), a website where we can find an accurate prediction of the European elections results. Combined with the conclusions of the last Eurobarometer (EB71) (http://ec.europa.eu/public_opinion/archives/eb_special_en.htm) one thing is pretty clear: people don’t care about these elections, and more than 40% will probably not even vote. ConnexionOne could argue that that’s the natural reaction when you have an election with an incredible lack of “politicization” but there’s another crucial factor while explaining the social disinterest and that’s the absence of a tough strategy of political communication. What do we have to do to motivate the national media, the newspapers, the radio stations and TV to speak about different subjects from an European point of view?

 

At this point if someone expected a “yes, we can” and a list of things to do he will be probably disappointed. The answer to this question is that these medias will continue to inform mostly about national issues. And the reason is purely economical.

When you have an election where the second major party (the Party of European Socialists) does not present any candidate for President of the Commission (giving almost automatically before the vote the presidency to the conservative candidate J.M Barroso), you don’t have that much to write about.. No political battle, no political interest, no selling, no covering by the traditional media. That’s the equation. That simple. (more…)

Is Internet narrowing our view? February 3, 2009

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by Emmanuel Neisa

Here in India I receive two daily newspapers, The Hindu and The Times of India. However, I can’t help going to the Internet to consult the daily news. Internet users all over the world have changed their way to ‘consume’ news, tending to retrieve the important information from a number of newspaper websites, blogs and other sites on the web.

Even if in 80% of the countries newspaper circulation has been stable or continued to grow last year, in developed economies, they are facing the worst crisis in their history. A strong decrease in newspapers’ sellings has forced restructuring in diaries such as Le Monde and The New York Times –which has now debts for more than $1 billion-. With the spread of the Internet, catching readers’ attention is becoming more and more difficult as people can shift easily from a news source to another.

This map of the Internet realized by researchers fromBar Ilan University shows how is the content organized in the web

This map of Internet realized by researchers from Bar Ilan University shows how the content is organized in the web

Internet is now becoming the hub for political information and discussions and the recent Obama campaign confirms its importance in shaping the public opinion. It is said to have brought openness into our world, allowing us to meet people from diverse realities and opinions. However, communautarism in the web seems to go in the opposite sense of that supposed openness.

The information shift towards the Internet is not without consequences and changes the way we perceive current news and form our own opinion. What is exactly happening with the public discussion and what is Internet changing?

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