I just got contacted by a young journalist I met while working at Citizenside. She’s graduated from a good journalism school, and is now working for a local radio station – for free – while living with her parents, trying to find a steady job in journalism. Here’s my advice to her. Sounds like you’re […]Read more "Traditional journalism is being crushed: letter to a young journalist"
A few days ago, I wrote to my MP, Greg Hands, because I’m concerned about the Digital Economy Bill. This bill may soon be passed into law here in the UK. Both as a professional and a citizen, I find its implications disturbing. It would allow people to be cut off from the internet merely […]Read more "Digital Economy Bill – Greg Hands Responds"
Are corporate websites a thing of the past? I don’t think so. But that’s the headline of a recent post by Robin Hamann of Headshift. Robin knows social media inside out. He used to be the BBC’s blogging guru (in fact, it was at one of his sessions that inspired me to start this blog […]Read more "Corporate Websites: Not Enough, but Not Irrellevant"
In a recent article, Baroness Professor Susan Greenfield (right) has voiced some pretty significant concerns about video games. With their explosive growth into mainstream culture, video games are taking up more and more of our collective brain cycles. What effect will this have on our species? Quite a profound one, she suggests. I agree – […]Read more "Is Gaming Melting our Brains?"
Earlier I posted a conceptual model for thinking about viral video. The short version is that people link viral video because it makes ’em look cool. So the upshot for vid producers is: give them vids that will make the sender look cool if they ping it out to all their friends. Video (or any […]Read more "The Internet is About Making Connections"
What makes some stuff spread through the internet like a flame through a field of firecrackers, while other stuff sits on YouTube for weeks and gets crap-all attention? And how do you make the good viral meme stuff? Mark wrote about this recently. The trick seems to be in creating unique bespoke content for the […]Read more "Pass the Ammo"