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With independent journalism increasingly looking like an endangered species, a EU communication strategy that helped European media build the European Public Sphere would be a smarter longterm move than propaganda and brochureware. This is a longer version of an article I contributed to an upcoming book about EurActiv’s first 15 years. Democracies need media to… » read more

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Chancellor Helmut Kohl in front of the Brandenburg Gate, 25 years after the launch a process that led to the reunification of much more than Germany (@bild). The above photo is incredible. But how will it be viewed in 25 more years? Of course it’s supposed to be a celebration, and it is. But I… » read more

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Tonight I’ll be toddling along to Grilling Kippers, a UKIP-focused anti-Eurosceptic campaign from deep within the Brussels Bubble. When I first heard about this, my initial reaction was to worry about the backfire, that the sight of a bunch of elite Brussels Bubble types goading UKIP supporters will reinforce their EU persecution complex. Of course,… » read more

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Meanwhile, more provocation from the European Parliament’s lovely web team: “there are two kinds of people working in the public relations management milieu of European institutions: the ones that entertain romantic notions about the emancipatory potential of new media … and those that recognize Web 2.0 as yet another tool for managing and projecting the… » read more

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That’s right – curation. Now officially Web2.0-buzzword-of-the-month (not quite sure which one). And here was me thinking that curation was something knowledge workers have been doing ever since there was knowledge to work with. So stand by for a totally gratuitous use of the c-word later on in this post. Maybe even two. But first,… » read more

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So the debate about the Euroblogosphere, or the Eurosphere, or the European Public Sphere, or web2eu, or the European online public space, of whatever-we-call-it-next-week, has sparked again into life, like a Frankensteinian monster with dodgy spark plugs screwed into the base of its neck. The latest incarnation is over on the blog of Joe Litobarski,… » read more

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Astroturfing the Berlaymont

One of the topics I’ve been developing on this blog for quite some time came up at last week’s get-together organised by the Belgian IABC chapter: the need (or not) for social media guidelines for EU staff. I actually think such guidelines are needed not just for EU staff, but for everyone serious about using… » read more

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