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The purpose of this article is to explore the influence a radical transformation of a politician facing mortality has on public relations, media and relationships between the two, focusing on the case of former Slovenian President Janez Drnovšek, who towards the end of his mandate transformed from a conventional, pragmatic politician to a New Age critical spiritual leader. Drawing on grounded theory approach, 12 qualitative interviews with journalists and Drnovšek's political advisers were co...
First paragraph: The Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 came into effect on 1st January 2005, the same date as the wider UK legislation (Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA)) also came into force. The introduction of FOI1 in Scotland, and across the UK, is part of a wider global trend. In 1990 there were only a dozen FOI laws in operation, by 2011 this figure had risen to 85, and there are many more FOI laws currently progressing through legislatures around the world.2 While the spr...
In our last issue, the Journal of Consumer Culture published two very different contributions to the debate around women's underwear. In order to develop the issues raised in the original articles, we invited the authors to engage in a cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary exchange.This dialogue is the result.
Since the mid-2000s, the ebook has stabilized into an ontologically distinct form, separate from PDFs and other representations of the book on the screen. The current article delineates the ebook from other emerging digital genres with recourse to the methodologies of platform studies and book history. The ebook is modelled as three concentric circles representing its technological, textual and service infrastructure innovations. This analysis reveals two distinct properties of the ebook: a s...
First paragraph: The legacy of the late William Hartnell, the first Doctor, featured particularly strongly in Doctor Who's 50th anniversary year, even though all the previous television Doctors appeared either live or in repurposed archive footage. Indeed, lead writer Steven Moffat would have loved to have brought Hartnell back to ask, ‘In the name of God, what have I become? And why?' (B. Cook 19). In the backstage docudrama about Doctor Who's early years, An Adventure in Space and Time (21 ...
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