Should I Friend My Work Colleagues on Facebook? Here Are 7 Good Reasons Why You Shouldn’t

Posted by on Jul 10, 2013 in Blog, Facebook, Opinion Piece, Society, Workplace | 9 comments

One of the dilemmas of modern life is how to manage one’s connections and relationships on social media.  When do you declare you’re in a relationship with someone on Facebook?  And do you name the person (thereby linking to their profile) when you do so? Are you obliged to befriend online your existing connections’ partners […]

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Are You a Prisoner of Prism?

Posted by on Jun 19, 2013 in Blog, Opinion Piece, Politics, Social Media, Society | 0 comments

In the cult 1960s TV series, The Prisoner, the main protagonist is a secret agent who gets gassed and kidnapped upon resigning, and wakes up in an avant-garde closed community (“The Village”) in which one’s every conversation and interaction is monitored and recorded by the mysterious authorities.  Deprived of a name, and given a unique […]

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Double Google+ Good – How Social Media is destroying nuance & intelligence within our language

Posted by on May 29, 2013 in Blog, Opinion Piece, Politics, Social Media, Society | 1 comment

How much can you convey within 140 characters?  And what, of any worth, can really be said within that limitation?  I was having this debate the other day in a LinkedIn Group, with the other person maintaining that it was perfectly feasible to convey something of genuine worth or insight within a solitary, isolated tweet […]

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“Social Media, Journalism and Politics” – a transcript of a lecture given on 3rd May 2013

Posted by on May 15, 2013 in Blog, Opinion Piece, Politics, Social Media, Society, Training Course | 0 comments

The below is a transcript of a lecture I gave at the University of Sheffield (@sheffjournalism) on Friday 3rd May 2013 to a group of Journalism students. During the talk I deviated often from the script, and we had a lively Q&A session after my presentation, the content of which is not captured in the below. […]

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Social Media: “Doctor Who and The Twitter of Outrage”

Posted by on Apr 4, 2013 in Blog, Opinion Piece, Politics, Social Media, Society, Twitter | 3 comments

In last week’s episode of the BBC’s long running Sci-Fi drama Doctor Who, the eponymous hero was battling a new otherworldly foe that inhabited Wi-Fi and which went around stealing people’s souls.  Like all good fantasy or science fiction, The Bells of St. John was an allegory of a contemporary social quandary, and the show […]

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