Category Archives: Social & Cultural

From some o f the most recent articles I’ve produced to some of my earliest written pieces, many of them written while I still lived in Chicago and was asked to produce a weekly column documenting an emigrant’s experiences.

Trust in media unusually high in Ireland

This article first appeared in Village magazine, July 2017 edition In the wake of the Jobstown trial, a lot of commentary followed on both power of social media to influence outcomes, and the credibility (or lack of same) of “mainstream” … Continue reading

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Media looking at tribunal looking at media

This article first appeared in Village magazine, March 2017 edition The Disclosures Tribunal – or the Charleton tribunal, as it may come to be known – got of to a surprisingly quick start, with Supreme Court Justice Peter Charleton making … Continue reading

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Real News: You Get What You Pay For

This article first appeared in Village magazine, February 2017 edition “Insanity has been defined as doing the same thing over and over, and expecting different results.” That quote is usually attributed to Albert Einstein. But being a journalist, I decided … Continue reading

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In which Denis gets himself sued

This article first appeared in Village magazine. Perhaps the strangest event on the Irish media landscape last month was prompted by Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan’s publication of a report into media ownership in Ireland, commissioned by the European United … Continue reading

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Fake news and audio online: 2016’s lessons for moribund media

This article first appeared in Village magazine, December 2016 edition At the beginning of 2016, the two expected major new issues in media circles were 3D/VR immersive technologies, and podcasting. A lot has changed since then. Virtual reality/3D is still … Continue reading

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An Open Letter to Ninetynine Assembled Citizens

An edited version of this article first appeared in Village magazine. Dear Ninetynine, This wasn’t meant to be an open letter. I had planned simply to write to you using the contact form on the Citizens’ Assembly website. But when … Continue reading

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Copyright Reform: A pyrrhic victory for old media

An edited version of this article first appeared in Village magazine. Outline proposals for a modernised Irish copyright regime announced by enterprise minister Mary Mitchell-O’Connor at the beginning of August are now dead in the water, following the publication of … Continue reading

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