I had a chance to readÂ Paul Preston's We Saw Spain Die over the weekend. Â It is excellent and very relevant to yourÂ History of Journalism essay topic. I have put my personal copy in the newsroom. Feel free to use it but NOTÂ to remove it.Â I have ordered an additional copy. When it arrives I will put it in the same place on the same basis i.e. newsroom use only. It is available only in hardback at the moment and costs Â£20 at Waterstones and a little less on Amazon. Â
Many thought Jon Anderson, Morrissey, Patrick Stump and Susanna Hoffs were bad - and they weren't even competing on a talent show. They were just performing to their abilities (or lack of them) for theÂ joy of it.
Now it seems people like singerÂ Diana Vickers, via a highly commercial enterprise, are succeeding through image and "originality" instead. Not that many celebrities don't, because that is there role. But, the realisation that talent is being utterly destroyed by entertainment is grossly apparent.
Times columnist Bronwen Maddox has stated that she does not think Hillary Clinton would be Obama's best option for the US Secretary of State, as he would never be able to get rid of her.
Clinton's knowledge of foreign policy and her ability to perform in the position are not what is being called into question in this case, rather the problem is that the pair have very different views and although her experience as a Senator in New York makes her more than capable, she would not actually assist Obama as president.
There's a new book out about foreign correspondents during the Spanish Civil War called We Saw Spain Die by Paul Preston, I'm going to get a copy and anyone is welcome to borrow it. It's got good reviews from what I can see.
Two reasons for checking out this video from CNN. One is for an update on developments in epaper that might ultimately have some impact on the newspaper trade. The other is the ludicrously overblown reporting style that horribly blurs the distinction between journalism and PR. Still, at least he's written to the pictures in his intro...