Posts Tagged ‘The Telegraph’

News of the World

8 July 2011

A copy of The Prince and the Wolf arrived in the post today!


Oh, yeah. In other news, the 168 year-old News of the World, the biggest-selling English language newspaper in the world has been sacrificed by the Murdoch empire, in its attempt to cleanse itself of some really bad karma. Apparently even the Prince’s knee had something to do with its downfall according to The Telegraph.

Generally I’m not a big fan of tabloids but I’m a bit shocked to see how someone can decide overnight to expunge a piece of British cultural history. The analogy that comes to mind is that of a historical building. Were the Murdochs to own the Tower of London and suddenly find out that some bad things were going on in there under their watch, would they be allowed to just knock the place down to purify themselves? Not to mention that police investigations are ongoing and a couple of public inquiries are on the way, while the organisation in question is shut down on 3 days’ notice without any prior internal or external consultation…

Middlesex outrage amplified

9 May 2010

Earlier today the BBC World Service beamed news of the closure of the Middlesex philosophy department – and the protest it has attracted – to the four corners of the world. Listen to the coverage here (starts at 41 min. 12 sec.).

At the same time The Guardian/The Observer published yet another article on the international scale of the outrage this news has triggered:

Middlesex University cuts spark international protest from philosophers

Move to phase out philosophy teaching at leading department branded a ‘national and international concern’

There is another important intervention on the pages of The Guardian by Lynne Segal:

Middlesex’s philosophical struggle

The situation is extraordinary by any rational, let alone scholarly, accounting. The Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy was the feather in the cap of that young university. It was its highest-rated submission in the last research assessment exercise and in the top third of philosophy departments in the whole of the UK.

Update:

Here is also some coverage from The Telegraph:

Plan to shut leading philosophy course condemned by academics

Plans to shut one of the world’s leading university philosophy courses have sparked outrage among academics.