Feb 11th, 2014 by Ben
Feb 5th, 2014 by Ben
Slides for two-hr lecture, Wednesday in February and March, Mandate Office, Cavendish Row, Dublin 1.
From the Live Register:
Why is the vast majority of Irish media dominated with an undoubting and uncritical attitude towards a single theory of the ‘crisis’? What role does it play in legitimising, rather than challenging, the structural causes of growing inequality? And what does this mean for radical interpretations of democracy, public space and the remaking of common sense?
In this Live Register podcast, we’re joined by Julien Mercille and Henry Silke, two academics who have been carrying out separate research relating to the Irish media.
Julien Marcille lectures at the School of Geography in UCD and has recently published research on how the Irish mainstream media have covered the Irish “crisis” from a pro-austerity position over the last five years. Henry Silke is a postgraduate researcher at the School of Communications DCU, who has been examining the political role of the Irish press during the crisis.
We used their research to frame a wider discussion of the real role of mainstream media in Ireland today, exploring how market ideology is central to how mainstream media frames public discourse, very much at odds to the perception of mainstream media holding truth to power.
“Financial sector developments, which are for the most part unrelated to the domestic economy, account for a significant portion of the rise in GNP. To the extent that these persist in contributing to growth in net factor income in the coming year, they would further support GNP growth unrelated to domestic consumption, investment or export activity.”
From the Central Bank of Ireland’s Quarterly Report released today. The foreign-orientated financial sector (for instance the IFSC) is for the most part unrelated to the domestic economy - so what we can draw from this is that the cornerstone of government economic policy (IFSC above all else) has little effect on the actual, everyday lives of the vast majority of the people of Ireland - and is for the most part unrelated to actual investment or export activity.
Great for tax lawyers and accountants though, who handle the paperwork related to these international flows of capital - in which Ireland is a pit-stop in the global tax avoidance merry-go-round. Happy days indeed….