Tag: BBC

  • Shoreditch’s sparkle leaves BBC presenter ‘tech-struck’

    Shoreditch’s sparkle leaves BBC presenter ‘tech-struck’

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    “I haven’t felt so good having spoken to a businessman for ten minutes in about 25 years. That’s not normally how I feel! So thanks very much!”

    And thanks to you, BBC presenter Fi Glover, for sharing the feel-good factor with us.

    Glover was bringing the miracle of Shoreditch’s internet companies into the nation’s living rooms as part of a mission for Radio 4’s One to One slot. She had vowed to find out, in her words, “what do these … Read More

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  • Compulsory coding in schools: The new Nerd Tourism
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    Compulsory coding in schools: The new Nerd Tourism

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    The writer Toby Young tells a story about how the modern 100m race is run in primary schools. At the starting pistol, everyone runs like mad. At the 50m point, the fastest children stop and wait for the fatties to catch up. Then all the youngsters walk across the finishing line together, holding hands.

    I have no idea if this is true – it may well be an urban myth. But the media class’s newly acquired enthusiasm for teaching all … Read More

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  • Are you a Nouveau-Reithian?
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    Are you a Nouveau-Reithian?

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    How to fund a great BBC … without creating 142,000 new criminals a year

    Not one Hollywood studio or record label company has ever incarcerated anyone merely for not paying for media consumption. A few years ago the entertainment industry filed civil suits against individuals, but received so much criticism it stopped. Now they target industrial-scale pirates, or push for milder sanctions such as speed slowdowns and contract termination.

    To any reasonable person, prison is a harsh and unjust punishment … Read More

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  • The BBC struggles with the concept of ‘tech bubble’

    The BBC struggles with the concept of ‘tech bubble’

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    The BBC has a real problem with social media. It’s delighted when something new appears. It slips into the patrician role that comes naturally to broadcasters – and especially the BBC. It can express childlike wonderment – Wow! – at something new and amazing. Getting beyond that though, is where the trouble starts.

    Perhaps the BBC is haunted by the idea that people simply get on and use new communication tools without “Auntie’s” assistance. The viewers typically also have much … Read More

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  • Bloggers, mind control and the death of newspapers (the Internet imagined in 1965)

    Bloggers, mind control and the death of newspapers (the Internet imagined in 1965)

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    Calder invites us to have a giggle, but really it’s not a bad list at all, and compared with the (cough) ‘futurists’ who have come and gone since, Calder and the participants did a good job. Alvin Toffler was repackaging these ideas, particularly mass amateurisation, many years later. As are thousands of Web 2.0 consultants today.

    Read more at The Register

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  • BBC investigates Richard Madeley’s PC panic attack

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    Richard Madeley told the nation how the Government was going to whisk away his computer last week. The BBC has promised to investigate.

    The segment on Monday’s Simon Mayo drive time heard Madeley, who is filling in for Mayo, say:

    “What a pain! I only got computer literate three years ago, just as I get wised up to it, they take it away.”

    We don’t yet know how many car accidents were caused by the news of mass confiscations.

    Madeley … Read More

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