WATCH: The CommonSpace Show - with Karin Goodwin
The CommonSpace Show returns – featuring CommonSpace journalists David Jamieson and Rhiannon Davies discussing the week’s big stories.
For this edition, we are joined by freelance journalist Karin Goodwin who regularly contributes to both the Sunday National and The Ferret. Earlier this year she was awarded the Nicola Barry award at the Scottish Press Awards for her campaigning journalism. She focuses mainly on social issues, and has covered homelessness and the Serco evictions in depth.
Sylvina Tilbury: We're only human - a 'McBot' speaks out
Sylvina Tilbury, an independence campaigner based in the Highlands who was accused of being a McBot on Twitter, argues that false accusations of this kind are derived from a lack of understanding and empathy with the feeling of alienation and marginalisation those in the grassroots of the independence movement have with the mainstream
Beyond Cambridge Analytica: How social media algorithms shape our politics
With Facebook facing ongoing criticism over the sale of users’ data, CommonSpace spoke to political scientists and data security experts in Scotland to learn more about the bigger picture of how social media is shaping our politics
“IF YOU go shopping for a CD online you’ll see you recently bought this and it advertises something similar, whereas you used to go into the shop and see things you didn’t expect. I preferred that.”
CommonSpace forum on 50 years since May '68 in tweets & pictures
CommonSpace's week on 50 years since May '68 culminated in a forum on Thursday 3 May, posing the question 'Is the Left still revolutionary?'
COMMONSPACE held a forum in Glasgow last night [3 May] exploring 50 years since May '68, culminating our special week of coverage on the subject.
Panellists for the event were former SNP MP and Glasgow University student in 1968, George Kerevan, Paris May '68er Margaret Ferguson, anti-racist campaigner and trade unionist Mélina Valdelièvre, and CommonSpace columnist David Jamieson.
First minister and MSPs speak out on online abuse as report exposes 'Toxic Twitter'
New Amnesty International research says Twitter is a “toxic place for women”
NEW RESEARCH by Amnesty International reveals the endemic nature of abuse and threats of violence directed at women on Twitter, particularly those who are politicians, journalists or other public figures, or who speak out on issues like sexism.
Gordon Anthony: Here's one tiny thing you can do on Twitter to make life better for visually impaired people
CommonSpace contributor Gordon Anthony says technology has come a long way in enabling visually impaired people to be active on social media - but there is one thing that needs us all to play our part
BEING blind isn’t a whole lot of fun. You get used to not being able to do things which other people take for granted and you do need to rely on others far more than you would like. Frustration is a common emotion, but many visually impaired people (aka VIPs) feel this so intensely that they develop feelings of isolation and helplessness.
Nicky MacCrimmon: Yes is like any family - we bicker and we disagree, but we must stick together
Activist Nicky MacCrimmon says the Yes movement online must learn to put differences aside from time to time for the sake of the bigger picture
I’LL start this piece with a confession. I am not without sin.
Over the past few years I have, at one point or another, ranted at or about Trots, zoomers, Yes-marching flag wavers, BBC protestors, The National, The Sunday Herald, CommonSpace, Bella Caledonia, the SNP, Green Party, Rise, elected politicians, the Indy Twitter intelligentsia, Wings, Ponsonby and various other individuals.
Mick Clocherty: JK Rowling and the Absurdity of Modern Politics - a futuristic tale
Writer Mick Clocherty says Harry Potter author JK Rowling should have a rethink about her Potter-on-politics comparisons
CAMERA one pans in on JK Rowling, who is on Question Time for some reason. David Dimbleby hushes an excited crowd, and they now sit in reverent silence awaiting Rowling's response.
She has just been asked a difficult question about the general public and its potential misconceptions on the subject of Islam. A logical and fair-minded comment is what's needed. The left side of her lip curls involuntarily, into a smirk.
#CommonDebate continues with your views on the future of the Labour party
Today via Twitter and Facebook we asked for your responses to our #CommonDebate feature
AS part of Scotland’s new media, what you think about the news is a top priority for CommonSpace – we want to know how you feel about major news stories, and what events you think should be getting attention.
Your views on news issues are incredibly important to us, and we want you to be involved every step of the way. Whenever there’s a big question or issue drawing public attention, we’ll use the #CommonDebate hashtag to make sure your voice is heard.