Setting the tone

I’ve tweeted it already, but it’s well worth reading this post from Kevin Anderson at his blog, discussing how journalists (and, we’d add, everyone who runs a discussion site) has responsibility for setting the tone of debate. An extract, but read the whole thing: Poisonous communities don’t sell. They don’t sell to most readers, and […]

Lunchtime list for June 15th

Here are the articles and web pages the Talk Issues team recommend today: Football: a dear friend to capitalism – This article is what happens when a humourless, politics-obsessed academic encounters the World Cup. It's all a gruesome capitalist distraction, apparently. Merkel’s paralysis – German Chancellor Angela Merkel is facing difficult pooitical times as her […]

Lunchtime list for June 14th

Here are the articles and web pages the Talk Issues team recommend today: The lost art of democratic debate – A TED lecture by Michael Sandel (at Slugger) on the marginalised role of citizens' moral opinions in democratic discussion. Germany’s mindset has become solipsistic – Jürgen Habermas discusses the "perilous self-absorption" of Germany during the […]

The final 2010 Leaders’ Debate

Well here we are with one week to go until the big day. As Harold wilson said ‘a week is a long time in politics’, and it will seem longer for some, but tonight fortunes can change. We may not like it, but the debates have had a huge influence, if not on the electorate, […]