Fraser Stewart: How social media algorithms can rob us of democratic access
Fraser Stewart defends the democratic uses of social media and warns against the damage of social media algorithms that reduce political content across mediums
I GREW up in a relatively deprived area (or rather, a few different deprived areas). Areas where it isn’t really the ‘done thing’ to talk about politics. Areas where it could be reasonably estimated that more of my friends have taken recreational drugs than have turned out to vote.
David Carr: Like lions after slumber, is England waking up to political engagement?
CommonSpace columnist David Carr gives a personal impression of a shift in political mood in England
MY political development as a young, English adult was through a confluence of the causes of the day. CND. The miners’ strike, anti-apartheid. Some of the best gigs I went to - and I went to some damned good gigs - were benefits for the miners, the ANC, the Sandanistas. There were ideas in the air about gay rights, about socialism. There was engagement.
The Scotsman: Scotland politically switched-on
The referendum engaged many voters and this is set to spill over to the General Election, writes Lesley Riddoch
PINCH YOURSELVES. This really is Scotland. The winter rain may pour - as usual. The wind may howl - as it always does. We are still the sick man of Europe and have just been whacked by England at rugby. But one thing has changed - and perhaps changed permanently. We are democratically awake - the folk most likely to vote in the whole, dismally dormant UK.
Research shows Scottish political engagement now even higher than during indyref
Survey which looks at Scottish social attitudes has revealed that a record breaking number of Scots are interested in Scottish politics
WITH LESS THAN three weeks to go until the Holyrood election, new research has suggested that Scottish political engagement is at its highest ever level.
The independence referendum in September 2014 saw new levels of enthusiasm and participation in Scottish politics but, according to research carried out by the ScotCen social research project, the number of Scots participating has continued to grow.