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Demanding Democracy
The Case for a Scottish Media


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Demanding Democracy
The Case for a Scottish Media

by Christopher Silver (Author)



ISBN: 9780992739287


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Demanding Democracy: The Case for a Scottish Media by Christopher Silver (Paperback) (ISBN: 9780992739287)

"Thoughtful, non-partisan exploration of public life in Scotland; good on context, history and traditions, with suggestions for change." Gerry Hassan

"With a few notable exceptions, the Scottish mainstream media has not been able to rise to the challenge presented by the growing self-determination movement. When it isn't hopelessly biased towards a status quo that will never thank it for its efforts, it is cowed, apologetic and sinking rapidly in its own irrelevance. It needs a radical overhaul. This book not only reiterates why this has to happen, but also shows us how it might come to pass." Irvine Welsh

"The Scottish media landscape is a dismal one right now and Christopher Silver has made a valuable contribution to the debate on how to rebuild it." Iain Macwhirter, commentator for the Herald and the Sunday Herald

"Journalists like to live in the present, but we don’t talk enough about what the Scottish media is, how it’s changed and what it could become. Christopher Silver’s book is the first comprehensive account of media in Scotland, and is essential reading if you are interested in the future of Scottish journalism." Angela Haggerty, Editor Common Space

"We need a strong, diverse and healthy media in Scotland, probably more than at any point in recent history. This is a thoughtful, thought-provoking and important book for everyone who cares about journalism, society and democracy." Maurice Smith, journalist

"Christopher Silver is one of the most incisive and interesting analysts of modern Scottish politics." Adam Ramsay, Co-Editor openDemocracyUK

"A provocative, informed and thoughtful account of Scottish media within the context of the referendum on independence written from the 'yes' perspective. Whatever a reader's position on the referendum itself, they will find this book makes a useful contribution to our understanding of Scottish media, including practical suggestions for reform aimed at building democratic debate and strengthening the public sphere in Scotland." Dr Emma L Briant, University of Sheffield

"A hugely thoughtful and informative book, moving beyond weary debates over "bias" to sketch the cultural and historical dimensions of a mounting crisis. The frank commentary of insiders lends weight to Silver’s measured account of the decline of the Scottish press, while he is well placed to query the viability — and the adequacy — of crowd-funded citizen media. A compelling read, and a valuable contribution to debate." Dr Scott Hames, University of Stirling

"Writer and activist Christopher Silver proposes that a new Scottish media is necessary to the greater demands for political control over national affairs, and in his excellent and timely book he exemplifies one of the key precepts of the Yes movement: 'Be the change that you want to see." Dr Scott Lyall, Edinburgh Napier University

In recent decades, just as Scottish democracy was experiencing revival, the Scottish media saw a period of steep decline. How can this glaring anomaly be resolved?

Scotland is a place of diverse economies, varied landscapes, distinct cultures and big ideas. Its stories can grab the attention of global audiences and move millions. Yet all too often the output of Scotland’s media is narrow, clichéd and incapable of reflecting the realities of a complex society in a changing world.

With the Scottish independence referendum causing the role of media to become the subject of fiercely contested debate, this book takes a broader view of the issues in hand and calls for a wide-ranging discussion about the media Scotland wants and needs.

It looks at major global trends currently redefining broadcasting and journalism while also examining the distinctive character and remarkable stories behind the development of media in Scotland. Premised on the idea that a nation is defined by how it talks to itself: this book argues that, without major structural change, the future of a distinctive Scottish public sphere is far from secure.

Featuring interviews and insights from leading journalists, commentators, experts and thinkers, Demanding Democracy offers a compelling and intelligent case for the renewal of a vital component in Scotland's public life.

CHRISTOPHER SILVER was raised in Shetland and now lives in Edinburgh. He has contributed words to Prospect, Open Democracy, Bella Caledonia, and Scotland on Sunday amongst others. In 2014 he edited a collection of art and writing, Inspired by Independence, and produced a feature length documentary on grass-roots politics in the referendum campaign, Scotland Yet. His first play, Forsaken, toured in April 2015. He is also the producer of Two Minute Manifesto, a monthly podcast and live show about politics, culture and ideas.


ISBN 992739284
ISBN13 9780992739287
Publisher Word Power Books
Format Paperback
Publication date 14/12/2015
Pages 202
Weight (grammes) 651.00
Published in United Kingdom
Height (mm) 220
Width (mm) 145