I believe WikiLeaks made a mistake in releasing the diplomatic cables the way they did. But the combined US response has been positively frightening. I can imagine Assange’s position a few weeks ago, before the diplomatic cables went live. Assange was in charge of an up-and-coming website that had broken several important news stories. He […]Read more "WikiLeaks – Two Wrongs Don’t Make a Right"
Comedy gold. In anticipation of this documentary and ensuing flame-wars, the head of communications for BBC Worldwide, Phil Fleming, has announced that the BBC’s own games are “absolutely not addictive”. Fleming suggested the firm’s own game output is completely safe in the hands of minors. “The games that we do are family-based, they’re not about […]Read more "Update: BBC Video Games “Not Addictive”"
Tonight, BBC Panorama will air an episode about video game addiction. Here’s the trailer: That trailer is meant to shock, grab your attention and make you watch the piece – so naturally it exaggerates the tone of the documentary, for effect. It’s supposed to be incitatory. As always with this topic, the trailer has kicked […]Read more "BBC Panorama: Addicted to Games?"
Kristine Lowe of the Norwegian Online News Association’s blog, picked up on my earlier post on paywalls. I speak a little Swedish, so I can just about understand a little Norwegian. But only just. So please forgive me if I’ve misunderstood. I’m not saying that the Times’ paywall system is necessarily the best answer. But […]Read more "Paywalls, in Norwegian"
Paywalls. Go on, say it. Let the word roll around your tongue. Pay. Walls. . . . They’re evil, right? Keeping the public out, killing openness, dooming your general-interest online publication to irrelevance. Oh, the New York Times tried it in the 90’s, and they came grovelling back. Any generalist website that goes this way […]Read more "news:rewired – We need to talk about paywalls"
Why do journalists focus on story so much? There are other ways of gaining and transmitting understanding. Stories are necessarily limited. A narrative has to use characters, locations, a clear plot. These are necessarily artificial – an abstraction of reality. What about complex systems? Like climate change. Like the national budget. The arms trade. Or […]Read more "news:rewired"
Every year, the Knight Foundation drops millions of dollars on projects that will change the way the news is made. With that kind of money on the line, competition is fierce. Only 12 projects got a grant, out of 2,400 applicants. They’ve just announced their 2010 crop of winners, and there are a couple of […]Read more "2.74 Million Reasons the News is Changing"