Okay. Enough of current affairs, parliamentary debates, and dead politicians. As this is – nominally, at least – a media column, let’s do something about the entertainment media. Read more

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It is tempting to draw parallels between the Salman Rushdie case and the current uproar over an anti-Islamic internet video. But despite a co-incidence of timing – the protests coincided with the publication of Joseph Anton, Rushdie’s memoir of his years in hiding – the differences between the two cases far outweigh the parallels. Read more

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One of my lasting regrets, each time I go to the United States, is that my favourite bookshops have all closed. So, for that matter, have all the record (or CD) shops that I used to frequent. Read more

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If you look hard enough at the newspapers, you might be able to make some sense of the debate over FDI in retail. But if you are stuck with the mainstream news channels, then the issues may not seem much clearer. Read more

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Should one be able to defame people on the Internet without any fear of retribution? Should people who have been defamed on the Internet have no legal redress? Read more

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