Should newspapers hire private detectives? Is it legitimate to tap telephones in search of a story?

I ask because these questions have featured in media debates in the UK over the last month. The peg for the discussions was the revelation by The Guardian that some of Rupert Murdoch’s newspapers have long paid private investigators to do their snooping for them. Read more

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Is the tide turning for TV hosts? There was a time when they were regarded as icons, as role models and widely admired. Now, they are reviled in postings on the net, routinely sent-up and ridiculed and frequently, the subject of internet hate groups. Read more

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I don’t know if you’ve seen the  movie Man Of The Year, staring Robin Williams, Christopher  Walken, Jeff Goldblum and Laura Linney. It came out at least a couple of years ago and was about a Jon Stewart-type talk show host who becomes President of the US thanks to a computer error. Read more

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A friend showed me his Kindle reader on Sunday. I had heard about Kindle of course but had not actually seen one. And even though I get slightly resentful when new technology threatens my comfort zone, I had to agree that there was little doubt that it would catch on. Read more

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