Invisible outbreaks sprang up everywhere. The United States ignored the warning signs. We reconstructed how the epidemic spun out of control.
Charlie BeckettThis is a stunning interactive map of the spread of coronavirus in America. Extraordinary level of detail, superb contextualisation and explanation. A devastating narrative of a national disaster
Why have Republican leaders abandoned their principles in support of an immoral and dangerous president?
Charlie BeckettA deeply intelligent, historic analysis by @anneapplebaum of a vital political question: why do people collaborate with evil regimes they disagree with? and more importantly, where do some people find the courage to dissent with their own faction?
Mass media routinely portray information about COVID-19 deaths on logarithmic graphs. But do their readers understand them? Alessandro Romano, Chiara Sotis, Goran Dominioni, and Sebastián Guidi car…
Charlie BeckettFascinating new research on how people (mis) understand graphs about COVID19. Linear graphs make them much more fearful and they don't understand logarithmic charts. Food for thought for data viz journalists?
There is growing worldwide concern that the rampant spread of digital fake news (DFN) via new media technologies is detrimentally impacting Democratic elections. However, the actual influence of this recent Internet phenomenon on electoral decisions...
Sonia Livingstone discusses the potential consequences of families’ reliance on technology during the COVID-19 crisis. She concludes that life under lockdown has the potential to either haste…
Charlie BeckettThis is a wise and even rather beautiful analysis of parenting and coronavirus by my colleague
It's about the role of technology but goes much wider in terms of understanding parenting, policy and the uncertain future we all face
Charlie Beckett@TomChivers I think it's become an almost meaningless word in isolation. But once you get past the headlines it's an interesting gateway to understanding the role and responsibilities of media.
Richard Dimbleby describes the scenes of almost unimaginable horror that greeted him as he toured Belsen concentration camp shortly after its liberation.
Charlie Beckett75 years ago the BBC's Richard Dimbleby was the first broadcaster to report from the liberation of Belsen. His 10 minute report is an extraordinary historic act of journalism as witnessing. Listen to the way he uses 'the simple horrible facts' #Belsen
In Plagues and the Paradox of Progress, Thomas J. Bollyky combines a ‘germ’s eye view’ of human history with some powerful reflections on the challenges that face us over the coming decades. This i…
Charlie Beckett"If you want to step back and think more broadly about Coronavirus, the Universe and Everything, you could do worse than start with Plagues and the Paradox of Progress, by Thomas J. Bollyky"
There is a certain beauty in the expanses of public space, now vacant amid the pandemic, these photos from around the world show. There is also a reminder: True beauty comes when the builders roam the built.
Charlie BeckettIt's worth reading the detail of the UK government's coronavirus bill to get a sense of the extraordinary challenge facing the state: from protecting NHS workers to changing regulations on death certificates.
Our stripped-down NHS will not be able to cope when Covid-19 peaks, leaving it to officials to decide who lives and who dies, says Guardian columnist Polly Toynbee
Charlie BeckettGrim and serious interview by @pollytoynbee with a NHS exec facing awful ethical choices and a logistical nightmare. The excellent Italian health system is weeks into this already and is near breaking point.
The effort is launching ahead of California’s March 3 primary and is one of the most unorthodox yet, blurring the lines between traditional campaign organizing and the distribution of sponsored content.
Charlie BeckettIt's as if Mike Bloomberg has deliberately set out to create a live experiment in the political influence of social media. Pol comms researchers should be all over this...
News, analysis and comment from the Financial Times, the worldʼs leading global business publication
Charlie BeckettAs world leaders meet in #Davos a reminder of the lure of global markets and influence for corporates as well as nations. Details of the NBC Sky World News suggest its going to provide head on competition with the well-established rivals CNN, BBC, CGTN
From funding cuts to the NHS, voters we met along the 2019 campaign trail had these messages for us – and for Westminster.
Charlie BeckettI like this. A little reminder, neatly done by @huffpostUK, that there is a range of real issues that matter personally to voters that don't surface in a national debate that has been narrowed by the parties and media
Charlie BeckettThis is a cracking idea from the @FT
Until the advent of a socialist paradise it's important that young people (all of us actually) understand finance and economics and board games are rather trendy at the moment.