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Milestones In The Media Then and Now

December 15, 2009

Growing up in a small country was very exciting, there were no Televisions and radio was the only communication device that we had, there were music, news, gospel hour, and play acting, over the radio.  Life was simple, thee were no phones.  Then came the Television which was in black and white and came on in the afternoons about 2pm until 10pm and signed off and, the reception was poor and had a lot of static.  I remember shows like The Loan Ranger, My Three Sons, Gun Smoke, bonanza, Dark Shadows, then came the game shows such as The Price is Right, Name That Tune, and News at 6pm and 10 pm.  I remember when John F. Kennedy was, assassinated his funeral, and when the First Astronauts went to the moon, and the beginning of soap operas such as Love of Life, The Secret Storm, Search for Tomorrow,  and All My Children.  Then came the Telephone, which was expensive, had poor recrption, and a lot of static.  People was able to communicate with each other if they had a telephone, before that, communication was done in person or through the mail.

Today, we have color TV, cable that is clear and is seen all day and all night, the Radio expanded and is on all day and night, and do a lot of reporting and news coverage, and play a variety of music.  Then came the emergence of the internet and the cell phone, and now there is multi-media coverage both on TV and the Radio, talk shows, search engines on the web, and a vast internet system that you can access a world of information at your fingertips.  The telephone service has improved tremendously, and you can make domestic, long-distance and international calls, and then came the calling cards and the cell phone which you can use to text your family and friends, hear the news, log on  to the internet,  take pictures, and down load information and play music.  The internet has become so popular that you can now attend classes on line, email friends and family, start your own business, and communicate with friends and businesses all around the world.  There is multiple channells on TV all communicating and reporting the news as well as entertaining it’s coustomers.  There is alwo news on the internet, different sites such as face book, twitter, blogs, you can now document your Nurses notes on-line and get your Narcotics and document you medications throught the use of a computer.  You can now use imaging to see what’s going on with a patient and also do surgery using a computer. 

In the future, what do you think will happen, computers will taker over a lot of our work and the internet will continue to evolve and advance technology, and the world will be at our fingertips.  With the new internet system, people can now steal information from unsuspected customers / people, and people can use the internet to build bombs, involve in high risk groups, and create havoc.  My only hope that as the internet continues to expand, that more security is used to protect it coustomers and that they are able to get rid of the bugs that crashes our computers, and businesses.

Milestones in History of Media and Politics

December 1, 2009

In the 1970’s during Nixons’ Presidency, two events brought the press a new prominence: the Pentagon papers and Water gate.  At the same time, Television news was expanding rapidly.  By 1990, more than half of American homes had cable systems, nationally oriented newspapers expanded their national reach, and with the introduction of technological changes in the news room (including the internet), a new emphasis on computer-assisted reporting and a new blend of media forms emerged, with one reporter preparing the same story in print, on-line, and on camera for a newspapers cable station.

The media are among the main if not the most important institution that can change attitudes regarding gender and raise awareness about gender issues.  The Media and Television in particular, currently constitute the real public space through which citizens understands the political.  If the media articulate the political, their access to media, and their visibility as political agents in the media certainly matter.  The media represents not only a potential , their access to media, and their visibility as political agents I the media certainly matter.  The media represents not only a potential cure for gender inequality in society  and politics but also a source of this gender sickness.

Media and television in particular, constitute our major source of the information  that people use to shape their conceptions of self, others and the world. On the other hand, media products, such as news, are cultural artefacts that are deeply embedded in cultural, social, and economic structures, journalists and other media professionals are not necessarily aware of using dominant gendered frames, that is persistent patterns of cognition, interpretation, and presentation, of selection, emphasis, and exclusion, by which symbol-handlers routinely organize discourse whether verbal or visual.

The challenge for the project Gender, and Politics and Media: challenging stereotypes, promoting diversity, strengthening Equality is to build awareness of the need for diversity in Media content and to stimulate new approaches to media portrayal of women and men in public life by producing and disseminating an audio – visual training tool kit that can be included in journalism training.

Gender biases disseminated by the Media are significant because they can have electoral consequences, at a time when politics is thoroughly mediatised, voters respond to candidates largely in accordance with information received from mass media.  The media have become the public sphere in which the identity of the politician as a person of qualities is constructed, and the strength of these media performative criteria are often such as to disqualify certain candidates either from becoming public political figures at all or at least from competing for high office.  The relationship between the media, in particular television, and politics has developed a new type of politician who uses the media as a content.  A crucial question is whether one type of performer is favored over others. The Cultural Model of potassium is much closer to the ideas of masculinity than of femininity,which will make a successful performance more complicated for women.  The cultural model of the politician as male, and of politics as an essential male pursuit, affects the ways in which politics is reported.  What they are saying is that the image and language of mediated politics supports the status quo and regards women politicians as novelities, or as others.  The political field can be affected in the ways in which politics is reported..

Can Social Media Be Bad?

November 13, 2009

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October 24, 2009

Can Social Media Be Bad for Brands?

As someone who is interested in the intersection between branding and social media, I am also an advocate of social media as a marketing tool. There is a whole world of cutting edge techniques out there that can help brands connect with their consumers. Interacting with the consumer, updating them on news, offers, promotions, generating […]

October 18, 2009

VS Pink’s Social Media Marketing: A Review

Along the same lines of Tostitos using college spirit as a vehicle for engaging their consumers, Victoria’s Secret Pink is using social media to tap into their target market. VS Pink is an entire line of clothing with a collegiate look and feel, geared toward the university crowd with blocky lettering on sweats (“University of […]

October 16, 2009

Platform for Individuality: How Can Brands Tap In?

Social media (facebook, twitter, etc) has found success because it has provided another space for users to proclaim their individuality. It’s a place where participants can assert their identities, a place to chose what and who they align themselves with, to chose what they pay attention to. At the same time it is a platform […]

 

 

Human Trafficking does it still exist

November 13, 2009

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Sex Trade / Human Trafficking: Actress Lucy Liu Raises Awareness

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Actress Lucy Liu produces a documentary and raises public awareness to the plight of the sex trade and human trafficking.

 

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Twitterfication

November 13, 2009
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Twitterfication and general consumption…

November 13, 2009

WOAH!! A. LOT… going on this week, I recon I may neatly compartmentalise the action into headed sections, like this:

Entertainment

Firstly – Call of Duty: Moder Warfare 2 is out… on the shelves – a majority probably have already experienced it if you know about it. Im picking it up on the way home tonight and probably going to spend far to much of my weekend on it.

While on the subject of entertainment procurement – Russell Brand Scandelous also came out this week – you either like him or you dont, but I do and cant wait to watch it. I can give my eyes a well deserved rest from Call of Duty.

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Now on to mind expansion and interesting things bought to me in part by twitter.

ART

1) Learn something new every day some great amusing things on this site and as it says on the tin – you get to learn something new every day. Simple drawings like the one below which illustrate the fact of the day.

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2) while you might be in the mood for interesting pics – I like this site of minimalist posters for TV shows (via @brainpicker)

tv poster

3) To continue being all cultural and shizzle Ill drop another pretty picture bomb on ya with these moleskin illustrations… I wish I could draw.

moleskin

4) Finally for the artsy section, there was this (via @iA) which I found amusing in a geeky kind of way:

google wave

That does lead on to the slightly more Geeky Spots of the Week….

5) The Periodic Table of Marketing Elements… yeah, tis good! (we think this one was via @iA)

periodic marketing

6) Now for a good olds graph, I do like a good graph… the money that Apple has made – I want my bank account to look like this. Im working on it.

apple chart

7) CHECK. OUT. THE. NEW. APPLE. STORE curttosey of: Gizmodo.com check out the inside on the site.

apple

8 ) Some time lapse graffitti on the Casio shop down Carnaby Street for the film Avatar.

9) Finally, last week I was excited about the Seasame Street characters taking over the google logos… Now, here they all are in HD glory plus some behind the scenes, we were wondering if they were pghotoshop jobs or photo shoots. Use them as backgrounds!!

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Media Blog

November 13, 2009

Blogs about: Media

Media provides us with all sorts of things: the news of the day, distract-me-please dramas, and straight-up cold, hard facts. Not so long ago, we had to get by with newspapers, radio and the occasional visiting circus or theater troupe. These days, we’re immersed in media (tv, radio, internet, computers, magazines, cell phone apps, books, etc., etc., etc.) to an almost ridiculous level. It’s fun to wonder what aliens might think of us based on our media sensations alone. In reality, though, many of us take this all for granted. Mass media, in its many iterations, will be around forever, right?

Featured Blog

11.13.09 [CF] Thunder & Wonder Girls – Cafe Mori (30sec)

cute Doong doong!!! Sr: iLOVEyoobin@youtube.com… more →

Canadian Business Magazine profiles Drawn & Quarterly

Kevin Boyd wrote 3 minutes ago: Published earlier this week, Graphic novels: Canadian Splendour – How Quebec’s Drawn … more →

Tags: Blogosphere, Newspaper articles, Publishers, retailers

Thought Police Drive Lou Dobbs Off CNN

Harold wrote 7 minutes ago: Kurt Nimmo 11/12/2009 The foundation liberals have finally done it. They have managed to get Lou Dob … more →

Tags: Freedom of Speech, Illegal Aliens, Political Correctness, Propaganda, racism, SPLC

Yesterday’s News: SEPTA Strike Coverage

kymbays wrote 12 minutes ago: (This category of posts will be devoted to news analysis of events. Since hindsight is 20/20 they wi … more →

Tags: Yesterday’s News, Bias, FOX 27, Fox News, Labor, Mayor Nutter, Philadelphia, SEPTA, SEPTA strike

Politico Nails it!

usna1957 wrote 14 minutes ago: Today, Politico reports: “President Barack Obama plans to announce in next year’s State of the … more →

Tags: Culture, Economics, Education, Politics, taxes

How to Save Music Journalism?

Jani “야니” Timonen wrote 29 minutes ago: Music critics and magazines are in trouble. How to save music journalism? Or is it even necessary? … more →

Tags: Business, Entertainment, Music, Journalism, Music: Journalism, Magazines, Miten pelastaa musiikkijournalismi?, Musiikkijournalismi

SheSource.org

Emily wrote 30 minutes ago:   If you’re tired of seeing the same white male faces featured as ‘experts’ i … more →

Tags: Feminism, Journalism, News

The Blinders – Jihad at Ft Hood

Dr. Bill Smith wrote 43 minutes ago: Old stream media has PC blinders on. Read the “Jihad at Fort Hood” series for non-Politi … more →

Tags: military, War-on-terror, ‘War on Terrorism’, Ft Hood, Jihad, Political, political cartoon, Terrorism, william warren

The new “V”…. The good, the bad and the WTF???

thegripester wrote 48 minutes ago: So… Have you watched the new V yet?  Well, you better hurry!  There have been 2 episodes, and … more →

Tags: Movie – TV Reviews, Political Rant, Science Fiction, aliens, Anna, Christian, Christianity, federal, Fiction

Visual Anecdote – ‘Real Estate Lift-Off’ Cover of the Georgia Straight

vreaa wrote 50 minutes ago: Heading into orbit, or destined to be a giant fireball? The Nov 12-19, 2009 Georgia Straight Cover, … more →

Tags: 13. 2010 Olympics Related, 14. Social Effects of the Boom, Anecdotes, bubble, housing, Olympics, Real Estate

The best of the week…

Mark Carroll wrote 55 minutes ago: WOAH!! A. LOT… going on this week, I recon I may neatly compartmentalise the action into heade … more →

Tags: Digital, Marketing Mark, Print, Creative, CV, idea bounty, Jobs, Mark Carroll, Marketing

UC flash mob local media roundup

Stuff Queer People Need To Know wrote 56 minutes ago: The Cincinnati Enquirer: Flash mob for marriage equality video The News Record: Flash mob protests M … more →

Tags: activism, Cincinnati, DOMA, Elections, Gay Marriage, Maine, Ohio, Prop 8, Protests

How The Media Are Dropping The Ball On The Ft. Hood Shooting

Bill wrote 1 hour ago: Fort Hood Shooting – Salon.com [T]he media continue to ignore the much more mundane, but seemi … more →

Tags: Commentary, Terrorism, military, War, Hate

Someone to Watch Over Us

thescoundrel wrote 1 hour ago: In a move that should have surprised no one that follows the kiss-ass relationship between local Qua … more →

Tags: Where’s the Beef?, Life, Current Events, Politics, Fleecing the Sheep, scalawags, scoundrels, News, Quad Cities

Spicy Bean Cacao Chili

The Healthy Apple wrote 1 hour ago: Now, this is what I call ‘Delicioso’.. talk about a sweet n’ savory winter meal. T … more →

Tags: Nutrition, restaurant review, Action Against Hunger, Basil, BASIS, basis farm, cacao nibs, Carrot, Chick Peas

Twitterfication and general consumption…

Mark Carroll wrote 1 hour ago: WOAH!! A. LOT… going on this week, I recon I may neatly compartmentalise the action into heade … more →

Tags: fun stuff, Inspiration, Thoughts, Customisation, Design, twitter, Vinyl Toys

PubBiz – Charging Ahead

Matt Mullen wrote 1 hour ago: Whilst I was sat on the train last Sunday – heading off on my travels again – I did what … more →

Tags: ecommerce, Magazines, Newspapers, Subscription

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A Bloggers’ Confession

November 3, 2009

Confessions of a Blogger

November 3, 2009

I’m embarrassed to admit this… but I’m pretty psyched. Today Savory Dish has hit 83 views.

I know that’s not a huge number. But considering I started this blog about two weeks ago, not a bad start. If I do say so myself. Thanks to all those who have been spreading the good word.

I find myself checking my little wordpress view graph everyday. Like someone, who is trying to lose weight, checks their scale. (Sigh) My daily self-esteem is now tied to that graph. It’s sad, I know. But now I am on a mission to increase readership.

If there are any experienced bloggers out there who have any advice for me, please don’t be shy.

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Innovations Getting Beyond The Break Through

October 31, 2009

Innovation: Getting beyond the breakthrough

August 31, 2009 6:00 AM
Corporations need to stop looking for the silver bullet –and to start listening to outsiders.

 

Hagel: Companies need to shift mindsets. Photo: Deloitte Hagel: U.S. executives may need to shift their mindsets. Photo: Deloitte
 

New research by the Deloitte Center for the Edge, part of tax and consulting firm Deloitte, paints an ominous picture: The return on assets for U.S. firms has fallen to almost a quarter of 1965 levels despite continued improvements in labor productivity. 

 

And according to John Hagel III,  co-chair of the center and one of the study’s authors, the declines are taking place in all sectors of business — not just in maturing corporations. “The bottom line,” he tells Fortune, “is that in every industry there has been erosion of return on assets.”

 

Hagel and his fellow researchers are in the process of writing a follow-up study that will offer some detailed prescriptions for reversing the trend, but he shared some early insights with us. Two of his observations in particular stood out: 1) He says corporations need to move away from the idea of breakthrough innovation and 2) companies need to find a way to harness new kinds of information flows.

 

Hagel contends that U.S. companies’ innovation efforts tend to focus on home runs — big, honking inventions that can, out of the gate, produce hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue and transform entire industries. In other words, products such as Apple’s iPod.

 

But Hagel is fond of pointing out that even the iPod wasn’t exactly an overnight breakthrough for Apple. Rather, he notes, the device has its roots in a company called PortalPlayer, which had been developing an operating system for digital music players for several years before it ultimately teamed with Apple on the iPod.

 

He offers one explanation for the home-run oriented mindset: 20th century corporations have operating and cost structures that need their products and innovations to succeed at a large scale, and so there’s great pressure to produce big breakthroughs. 

 

But Hagel feels a shift to high-velocity but smaller breakthroughs may ultimately produce the same result:  “We tend to underestimate the value of rapid, incremental innovations, which actually begin to look like breakthroughs over time,” he suggests.

 

New source of information

 

Hagel’s other prescription — culling information from new and different sources –also calls for a shift in corporate thinking.  

 

Deloitte’s study, “The 2009 Shift Index,” is actually a look at three different indices that help measure business change. The “flow index” is an effort to capture the value of so-called knowledge flows – information flowing into and out of the organization.

 

Hagel maintains that companies tend to be focused on internal and adjacent flows: information from within their organization, and knowledge gleaned from those closest to the company, such as suppliers and customers.

 

But to stay competitive, U.S. companies are going to have to adopt new ways of gathering information – a big shift that will itself require companies to innovate.  For example, companies are simply going to have to figure out what information is valuable to track, and which flows are not helpful, Hagel says. 

 

Hagel has done extensive work with Indian and Chinese organizations, and he believes U.S. executives can learn from the way companies in these emerging markets operate. He points to Chinese conglomerate Li & Fung Group as an example of a company that effectively tracks and applies knowledge from a variety of sources.

 

One of Li & Fung’s businesses is garment manufacturing. Rather than act as an integrated one-stop-shop for its retail customers, Li & Fung uses multiple contractors who come together for certain projects, then disband after the task is completed.

 

By tapping into its various contractors – including those who aren’t currently employed on a job – the company is able to get perhaps a more complete view of the world than competitors who only listen to direct suppliers.

 

When Li & Fung launched in the 70s, Hagel says,  it gleaned knowledge from, say, materials manufacturers, and passed that information on to its apparel designer customers. 

 

Today, Hagel says, companies have to rethink the way they gather information – and from where – in order to tap all the most important direct and indirect sources of information.  

 

But they probably don’t need a breakthrough innovation to do it.

 

 

 


 

Inside an American company, 20 years ago, I received training about “what they -japan companies, Toyota- are doing”; KAIZEN. Continuous improvement: the idea was learn how they are surpassing us. It is part of east world way of thinking.

 

 

Posted By Fernando Quintero, Fairfax, VA.: October 15, 2009 9:46 AM

Building a better Mouse Trap doesn’t really mean a thing nowadays. Are there better “mousetraps” than Ipods? Certainly there is! But it takes a lot of innovative marketing to make Ipod part of our lives. Innovation is important but innovation needs to be apply to the whole cycle of the product development, marketing – the holistic whole and not just innovation of the product itself.

 

 

Posted By Lim Boon Chuan, Singapore, Singapore: October 1, 2009 5:32 AM

Thanks for this excellent post.

 

People forget that Apple’s innovations have not always been successful (Lisa, Newton, the company’s first portable that was huge, to name a few).

 

Yet the experiences those less-than-successful products provided were invaluable to Apple as it created future products that were wildly successful.

 

Your point about the need to gather information from multiple sources is a very important one.

 

It is easy to narrow-source information and perspectives, and in the process, to miss large and small trends – both threats and opportunities – that are taking shape.

 

 

 

Posted By Jan Richards, San Jose, CA: September 15, 2009 1:45 PM

 

Breakthrough innovation is deeply entwined in the American psyche. In this sports-obsessed country, it’s the home run that counts, and that garners the biggest high-fives. It’s also part of the transient, non-commital nature of a contemporary American management that fosters a culture of not accepting accountability for organizational mediocrity. A striking contrast to the corrosive effects of these values are countries like Germany and Japan, which place a high value on incremental innovation, stability, and continuity. This of course places greater responsibility on management for corporate success, and a correspondingly high value on accountability.

 

 

Posted By Spinoza, Boston, MA: September 11, 2009 6:51 PM

I am in agreement with John Hagel III that corporations tend to place a great deal of strategic emphasis on wanting the breakthrough wins. Personally, I am a believer that there are three types of innovation; 1) incremental (subtle enhancement / cost reduction), 2) transitional (next generation) and 3) breakthrough. It is not always a focus on one particular approach but a balance of the three that can help a company better position itself for the future.

 

 

Posted By Brian Roderman, Dallas Texas: September 1, 2009 11:13 AM

Astounding… “there’s no such thing as a overnight star! It takes years of work.” He deserves a Nobel for that realization.

 

As for point 2, I work in a large company who was at the front of the outsourcing movement, and is now struggling to roll that all back due to the loss of internal expertise on OUR OWN SYSTEMS!.

 

I swear that the ‘thought leaders’ get their opinions from 1930’s Busby Berkeley movies, and Thomas Friedman editorials. The world ain’t flat guys… its a bowl and we’ve put OURSELVES at the bottom.

 

 

 

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Your Health and you

October 31, 2009

Flu and H1N1 influenza vaccine recommendations for doctors and health care workers

Posted on October 6, 2009 by coptermedic

From KevinMD:

The recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), which is an advisory committee to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), are quite clear:

* Re seasonal influenza: All health care personnel and persons in training for health-care professions should be vaccinated annually against influenza. Persons working in health care settings who should be vaccinated include physicians, nurses, and other workers in both hospital and outpatient care settings, medical emergency response workers (e.g., paramedics and emergency medical technicians), employees of nursing home and long-term care facilities who have contact with patients or residents, and students in these professions who will have contact with patients.

* Re H1N1: Similarly, health care personnel are considered a high priority group for receiving the H1N1 vaccine. When vaccine is first available, ACIP recommends that programs and providers administer vaccine to health care and emergency medical services personnel.

Here are the CDC’s detailed recommendations regarding seasonal influenza vaccination and vaccination against H1N1.

The ACIP also recommends both that facilities employing health care personnel should provide vaccine to workers, and that the level of vaccination among health care personnel should be considered as a measure of a patient safety program.

What are the recommendations for health care personnel with flu-like symptoms staying at home?

Although the general CDC recommendation states that “people with influenza-like illness remain at home until at least 24 hours after they are free of fever (100° F [37.8°C]) or signs of a fever without the use of fever-reducing medications,” there is a different recommendation for health care personnel. Specifically, the CDC states that, for health care personnel, the “exclusion period should be continued for 7 days from symptom onset or until the resolution of symptoms, whichever is longer.”

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The Power of Twitter

October 31, 2009
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The power of Twitter in today’s media.

October 31, 2009

It seems that Twitter has become the latest method of the press and various news outlets to gather stories for their sites and papers. Many news sites have reported on Stephen Fry’s twitter saying he’s thinking of disconnecting from the twitterverse. It’s fair enough for the media to comment on famous people, but really? Twitter? I really think the barrel is well and truly being scraped in terms of getting news as quickly as possible. Twitter is a powerful tool of communication, allowing celebrities to keep in touch with their fans…it’s rare for a celebrity figure not to have a twitter account. But should the media be getting their stories from it?

I often rant about the instant nature of the world’s media and how they will jump on any story, whether it’s confirmed or not. Several examples spring to mind.

  • Earlier this month, a child was reportedly cast away inside a weather balloon and major network news channels jumped on this like a flash, desperate to be the first to get the scoop. To be the first to get the shot of the child coming out of the balloon. As it turned out, it was a hoax.
  • In 2008 news came through that some bones had been found on Saddleworth Moor, the site that the Moors Murderer used to dump bodies after killing them. Speculation was that it was the final missing victim from these murders and it was reported all over the UK. No doubt it got the hopes up of the family of the victim, as well as ensuring that the press had another reason to harass them. In the end, the bones were found to be that of a goat.
  • Also in 2008, Kevin Keegan was widely reported to have resigned from his position as Newcastle United’s manager. It took three days to be sorted out after the initial press speculation and he eventually did leave his post. I always wonder whether he could have stayed in charge if the press had not made his position untenable with their reporting.
  • When Jade Goody was terminally ill with cancer, various magazines actually brought out obituary magazines before the poor girl had even died.

I’ve never been a fan of instant media, whilst it can be interesting it also gives an excuse for poor journalism as quality controls are waived for the possibility of being the very first to get the story. In the days before 24-hour and online news, journalists had chance to double-check their stories before publication but that doesn’t really happen any more. I’d like to see a little more journalistic integrity, and will always prefer the printed media of the broadsheets to the instant and uncontrolled online media, as it tends to be more accurate and much better written. Seems ironic, for someone using an online media to write opinion pieces, but I at least take the time to check what I’m writing!

So, Stephen Fry considers leaving twitter, and this makes a major story on the BBC News website, it’s also one of the main headlines on Sky News. Is that how slow the world of news really is? Why can’t they, instead of filling their websites with stories like this which to be fair is not newsworthy in the slightest (except maybe in the showbiz columns), start to develop better features and better stories on items that do deserve the space? I think it’s poor. Whilst noting the irony of the power twitter has in controlling the media, surely the media can’t use twitter for news? I hope Stephen stays with twitter, because his tweets help people feel like they can connect with him, but he has to do it on his terms rather than feel pressured into doing so. Of course, he could just not update any more but I’m willing to bet if he did that the press would go ape if he chose to make further updates after a break.

It’s well documented about how Twitter has been used in many influential ways of persuasion and petitioning, but let’s keep it as a fun, friendly means of communicating instead of feeling like a chore to everyone.

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