Bursting your filter bubble since 2020

Guidelines for contributors and guests

09 April, 2020 — Liberality contributors

In order to create reliable media which is fair to all those involved, we have devised the following guidelines for Liberality. These guidelines are likely to be updated as we refine them.

All pre-recorded interviews and articles will be offered for interviewee review before publication. We aim to represent your views fairly, and will cut or correct any content that you tell us is factually inaccurate.

All sponsors of interviewees are to be announced at the outset, in the interests of transparency. This includes anyone or any organisation funding your work, or projects you are associated with.

Promotion of channels, publications or speaking events is welcome. Please provide links at the time of interview to enable their inclusion.

The right of reply to comments on our published media is offered to all interviewees. Even if you do not wish to engage with comments directly, you are welcome to provide a response as a video, audio or text document which we will offer to publish on your behalf.

We do not publish incitements to violence of any kind, and reserve the right to edit out or discard any material which we consider constitutes a threat, harrassment, slander or libel, whether that is aimed at specific individuals, organisations or groups in society. Please be nice.

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About Liberality

09 April, 2020 — Liberality contributors

Liberality means being open to ideas other than your own. It also means generosity. Illiberality, the opposite, is close-mindedness, bigotry and meanness.

We seek to burst the filter bubble, in dialogue with people who might not agree with us but are saying something worth listening to.

Liberality does not mean endorsing particular 'liberal' or 'libertarian' views, nor does it occupy one place on a supposed political spectrum from left to right.

Instead of defining certain ideas as progressive or regressive, it asks what kind of future we are meant to be progressing towards.

We intend to use lessons from successful social and political movements to enable active participation in policy-making, and the iterative improvement of existing policies.

We intend to emulate the best producers of long-form, in-depth video and audio content, according to Marshall McLuhan's principle of hot versus cold media.

We reject the churnalism and clickbait of contemporary mass media, and the provocations of social media which turn people against their neighbours to drive 'engagement'.

We are genuinely independent and do not accept sponsorship of any kind unless it is explicitly declared.

We seek the means to meet and speak with people, and to publish contributors' work commercially where these opportunities exist.

We reject all forms of violence, and reject support for the violence of others, but we don't believe speech is literal violence.

We are genuinely open to new contributors who share our aims, not just another self-serving clique.

You might be challenged, but perhaps that's the price of thinking for yourself.

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