Today opened with a very interesting talk today by Stowe Boyd. Here are my live notes – also available on the original Google docs, where the table at the end is actually properly laid out. Stowe Boyd – A Well-Ordered Humanism Society used to be full of ‘Centroids’ – mass identity – mass affiliation to […]Read more "Stowe Boyd @ Futuresonic ’09 – Live notes"
I’ve been having a lot of fun with Spotify lately. It’s a nifty, nifty piece of tech. Finally, someone’s cracked out a business model that works with digital media. One feature that I really like is shared playlists. You can create a playlist and share the address, and anyone with the address can add a […]Read more "The Great Spotify Experiment"
Can social media be useful for politics? Clay Shirky explored this question last night at the London School of Economics in a lecture chaired by Charlie Beckett. Shirky has been a proponent of the transformative power of social media for a long time. His book is a chronicle of how this new way of communicating […]Read more "Here comes Clay Shirky"
Last November I was invited to talk about video games as journalism at the Future of Journalism conference, an internal BBC event run by the BBC College of Journalism. Since it was an internal event, it was all off the record, but the conference proceedings will be published as a book, and I’m contributing an […]Read more "The Future of Journalism"
The audience has mutated. Consider exhibit A, this video: It’s been sweeping the viral video nets over here. Over 700,000 hits in a week is pretty damn good. UPDATE: This video has accrued over 6.8 million hits in 11 days. It’s the most shared video on the net right now, according to viralvideochart. This vid […]Read more "We, the Medium"
Social media is meant to be participatory. But it often has asperger’s syndrome. This is a problem. Yesterday, Jem Stone told us how to solve it. He was chairing a workshop called Putting the Social in Social Media at BBC London’s HQ in Marylebone. Jem is Communities Director for Audio and Music Interactive here at […]Read more "Putting the Social in Social Media"
ARG designers suck. That was the upshot of Dan Hon’s presentation at the ARGs in in Charity and Education conference at Channel 4 last Friday. His talk was the highlight of the day for me, probably because he was animatedly ranting about things that I’d only dimly considered before. “How many of you have actually […]Read more "Five lessons ARGs can teach Journalism"
Here’s a wicked little vid: Wow – that dude and his friends must really love Guitar Hero, huh? Yeah, they must. Them and the ad company that made that vid with some slick CG effects. Turns out it was Activision, all along, pulling the viral meme strings like some amorphous transmedia demon. Still, it is […]Read more "Authenticity Rules: Spending to look Cheap"
We must use games for good, or they will be used for evil. You think I’m joking? Not a bit. Read on. The release of the Wrath of the Lich King expansion set has sparked up the old ‘Are Video Games Addictive?’ debate again. Chris Vallance over at iPM sums it up succinctly. Millions of […]Read more "Why we Must use Games for Good"
Ten hours of video get submitted to YouTube every minute, but the 90/9/1 rule holds, most of the time. If you’re running an app where user contributions are important, 90% of your users will just lurk, contributing nothing 9% of your users will contribute from time to time, 1% of your users will contribute often […]Read more "Why Online Video Sucks"