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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Why Google Glass will change society and politics forever

Posted by on Mar 14, 2013 in Blog, Google Plus, Opinion Piece, Politics, Social Media, Society | 8 comments

Imagine this: You are a politician on the stump or a public servant addressing a meeting, and you make the most embarrassing Freudian slip, Spoonerism or malapropism imaginable.  In normal circumstances, if that address was not covered by the media, it would be something that could be apologised for on the spot, or something that would be […]

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