Tag: dumb media

  • Murdoch and Mythology

    Murdoch and Mythology

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    Keyser Sose

    If children didn’t believe in Santa, thousands of grown men wouldn’t dress up in fur-trimmed red jumpsuits, put on false beards, and give children unwanted gifts in tents every year. Perhaps some would, but they’d probably be arrested.

    For the past fortnight, TV and newspaper editors in the UK have pushed aside stories of famine and the European financial crisis – which is greater now than the credit crunch three years ago – in favour of saturation coverage … 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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  • Stephen Fry chucks cash at hopeless browser plugin

    Stephen Fry chucks cash at hopeless browser plugin

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    Stephen Fry’s reputation as a technology expert has taken another dent. The ubiquitous luvvie has invested in Pushnote, a commenting system for websites. “Makes the web one big democratic comment platform,” Fry tweeted.

    It’s actually a social network – but one that’s parasitic on other sites.

    There’s just one catch. … Read More

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  • Times bullish: no longer throwing money down web toilet

    Times bullish: no longer throwing money down web toilet

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    It’s too early to say whether the Times paywall is a success or not. But it’s done wonders for conferences about newspapers.

    In place of the usual hand-wringing and Kumbaya pipedreams, we’re getting quite a bit of decent discussion. The Telegraph is next to ask for your dosh – probably with a “metered” model used by the FT, according to… the FT.

    No one looked happier than Dominic Young, News International’s director of strategy and product development, after … Read More

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  • Truths, half-truths and Wikipedia: Tom Melly

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    Tom Melly, on the Wikification of the obituaries of his father, George Melly

    Wikipedia comes in for a fair amount of criticism these days from El Reg and other publications, but I can’t help wondering if we’re missing the real point regarding its status as an encyclopedia. Most of the arguments hinge on its accuracy, or lack of it. But if our criteria for an encyclopedia is a guarantee of 100 per cent accuracy, then there are no encyclopaedias now, … Read More

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