Bureaucracies defend themselves to death.

Vested interests, protectionism, conservatism are the enemies of diversity, innovation and change. This idea has been at the heart of liberalism since John Stuart Mill wrote On Liberty. He used the example of China, a civilisation so advanced and sophisticated that it invented paper, printing and gunpowder centuries before Europeans ever got near them. Then…… Continue reading Bureaucracies defend themselves to death.

Online media: Finding balance between stock & flow

I’m grateful to Lloyd Shepherd for the point to a post by Robin Sloan called Stock & Flow. Recalling studying for his degree in economics, Robin recalls: There are two kinds of quantities in the world. Stock is a sta­tic value: money in the bank, or trees in the for est. Flow is a rate…… Continue reading Online media: Finding balance between stock & flow

API and they know it: Guardian distributes *everything* online

* Updated * I’ve also written about Best Buy setting its catalogue content free at the iCrossing Connect blog… Jeff Jarvis has an excellent post headed APIs: The New Distribution about The Guardian’s decision to distribute everything online. If you’re even slightly non-technical you may not know what an API is. Basically it’s a way…… Continue reading API and they know it: Guardian distributes *everything* online

Innovation in news: Al-Jazeera Labs

Fascinating to see how Arabic and English news service Al Jazeera is approaching the innovation imperative with its Al Jazeera Labs project. In the first couple of months of this year the company has rolled out many deals and pilots in interesting areas, according to a great report on Journalism.co.uk. I’m especially intrigued by things…… Continue reading Innovation in news: Al-Jazeera Labs

Useful advertising: Atheist bus ads

You’ll doubtless have heard the story of the journalist and comedian, Ariane Sherine, who was irritated by a Christian ad campaign on buses declaring that non-believers  “will be condemned to everlasting separation from God and then you spend all eternity in torment in hell … Jesus spoke about this as a lake of fire prepared…… Continue reading Useful advertising: Atheist bus ads

Edge of a riot: Social media, balance and truth in the news

When I was a student in 1994 I was on the front cover of The Indpendent the morning after a riot outside the Houses of Parliament. The image was of a grimacing, dreadlocked fellow’s grimacing face lunging over the line of police shields. (No, that wasn’t me…) The picture spoke a thousand words. It told…… Continue reading Edge of a riot: Social media, balance and truth in the news

People’s News: social media and newsgathering in 2008

The staff of NowPublic, the “particpatory news network” as it describes itself, has picked a list of the top 10 stories from 2008 in which social media played a role. 2008’s Top 10 Moments in User-Generated News 1.    Mumbai attacks 2.    Natural disasters: Emergency info 3.    SF Olympic torch relay protests 4.    Obama and “Bittergate”…… Continue reading People’s News: social media and newsgathering in 2008

Techmeme turns up the human in its news aggregator mix

Aggregators were my first love, when it comes to news and social media – I’ve always been infatuated with the idea of Digg, lover of Techmeme and I basically see most of the world through my personal aggregator, the ever flexible and accesible Google Reader.  So it’s nice to see some fervent discussion among bloggers…… Continue reading Techmeme turns up the human in its news aggregator mix