In The Return of the Public, Dan Hind argues for reform of the media as a necessary prelude to wider social transformation. A former commissioning editor, Hind urges us to focus on the powers of the media to instigate investigations and to publicize the results, powers that editors and owners are desperate to keep from general deliberation.
Hind describes a program of reform that is modest, simple and informed by years of experience. It is a program that much of the media cannot bring themselves even to acknowledge, precisely because it threatens their private power. It is time the public had their say.