WikiLeaks is the most challenging journalistic phenomenon to have emerged in the digital era. It has provoked anger and enthusiasm in equal measure, from across the political and journalistic spectrum.WikiLeaks poses a series of questions to the status quo in politics, journalism and to the ways we understand political communication. It has compromised the foreign policy operations of the most powerful state in the world, broken stories comparable to great historic scoops like the Pentagon Papers, and caused the mighty international news organizations to collaborate with this tiny editorial outfit. Yet it may also be on the verge of extinction.This is the first book to examine WikiLeaks fully and critically and its place in the contemporary news environment. The authors combine inside knowledge with the latest media research and analysis to argue that the significance of Wikileaks is that it is part of the shift in the nature of news to a network system that is contestable and unstable. Welcome to Wiki World and a new age of uncertainty.
Charlie Beckett is the founding director of Polis, the journalism think-tank in the LSE's Media and Communications Department. He was an award-winning filmmaker and editor at LWT, BBC and ITN's Channel 4 News. He is the author of SuperMedia (Wiley Blackwell, 2008) which sets out how journalism is being transformed by technological and other changes and how that will impact on society. Polis is a public forum for debate about the news media in the UK and globally. Polis holds seminars, conferences and lectures and has published reports on topics such as social media, reporting politics, financial journalism, humanitarian communication and media and development.
The Director's Blog is www.charliebeckett.org
The Polis website is www.polismedia.org
He is on Twitter as @charliebeckett