Strategy and the UK General Election 2015

Image: Poor taste or poor strategy? A mug bearing one of Labour’s 2015 election pledges. I’m interested in the role strategy played a role in how the parties behaved in the General Election that has just concluded. Strategy – when it is done well – gives organisations a clear answer to the question: how can…… Continue reading Strategy and the UK General Election 2015

May Day in Albion: will future historians declare the 2010 election for social media and the people?

How will future historians look back at the UK election of 2010? We don’t know, of course, but the primary sources will be more than the letters between politicians, the newspaper reports and memoirs of the politicians. They will probably use the data-mining skills that will be commonplace then, possibly refined for the academic researcher…… Continue reading May Day in Albion: will future historians declare the 2010 election for social media and the people?

Twitter… witter… itter… tter… er.

Image: Beware the Echo… (Credit: Zorilla) Tom’s an echo-chamber refusenik, which is one of several good reasons I make a point of reading everything he posts on his blog Usable Interfaces. He’s a guard against lazy thinking, re-Tweeted half-thoughts and emergent untested aphorisms. Take his latest broadside – “Just because you can” – against Twitter…… Continue reading Twitter… witter… itter… tter… er.

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