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Taking our cue from Raymond Williams’ ‘culture is ordinary’, we explore how politics works through old and new media, books, film, stage and screen, music and sport.

We cover a breadth of themes, from representations of class, race and gender in the arts, to progressive and reactionary uses of nostalgia, to the grassroots voices democratising the channels of communication.

media

Taking our cue from Raymond Williams’ ‘culture is ordinary’, we explore how politics works through old and new media, books, film, stage and screen, music and sport.

We cover a breadth of themes, from representations of class, race and gender in the arts, to progressive and reactionary uses of nostalgia, to the grassroots voices democratising the channels of communication.

media

  • Former Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne (left) and former Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls (right) recording the pilot episode of their podcast Political Currency

    First as tragedy, second as podcasts

    Politicians keep launching podcasts. The medium’s veneer of authenticity only works to reinforce establishment discourse, argues Daniel Eales

  • An illustration of Stuart Halls face and head on a pale yellow background.

    Listening with Stuart Hall

    The academic and activist died ten years ago. Dialogue and engagement were among his many lasting gifts, write Yasmin Gunaratnam and Mike Dibb

  • On a pale yellow background are a number of black and white pictures. On the left is the poster for the film Shadows. On the right are a series of photos from the making of the film.

    Stuart Hall reviews ‘Shadows’

    In this previously unpublished text, written in 1961, Stuart Hall surveys rhythmic interplays of race, culture, love and power in the film Shadows

  • The interior of an office, showing several desks with computers on them

    My work – review

    Olga Ravn’s latest novel reflects the growing and ever changing demands that work subjects us to, writes Elinor Potts

  • A bitcoing machine illuminated with multiple coloured lights in a shopping centre in Gdańsk, Poland

    Blockchain Radicals – review

    Cryptocurrency and blockchain might be here for the long haul, but Dávila’s book shows how they can be repurposed by the left, writes David Z. Morris

  • John Pilger

    Obituary: John Pilger, 1939-2023

    Taking an unashamedly left-wing perspective, Pilger’s emphasis was always on using painstaking research and analysis to tell the stories we need to hear, writes Dee Searle

  • A black and white photo of a sculpture depicting a family of four holding hands, with both parents at either side

    Family Abolition – review

    O’Brien offers a radical and exciting argument for a liberative approach to care, writes Matt Seidel

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