Tag: The New Bureaucracy

  • Suits 2.0 at the BBC

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    Bureaucracy is the one sure winner in the BBC’s strategic review – the suits and wonks. It’s sort of like natural selection turned upside: in a changing environment, the most useless survive.

    Mark Thompson’s review, leaked to the Times today, was supposed to review the Corporation’s output, and it could have helped made inroads into this culture, but it hasn’t. And although the “cuts” are trumpeted to fall on digital operations such as web and DAB, you know what will … Read More

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  • Junk science and booze tax – a study in spin

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    Let's find out what everybody is doing, and stop them doing it - A P Herbert
    “Let’s find out what everybody is doing, and stop them doing it” – A P Herbert

    Putting the price of alcohol up to a minimum of 40p a unit would keep 41,000 people a year out of hospital, save the NHS £116m a year, and avoid 12,400 cases of unemployment, a report from Sheffield University claimed last week. These appear to be remarkably precise predictions. The government used the report – widely quoted in the press – to justify higher … Read More

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  • The dumb, dumb world of Malcolm Gladwell

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    Have you ever had the nagging sense that there’s something not quite right with the adulation that follows Malcolm Gladwell – the author of Tipping Point? But you couldn’t quite put your finger on it? We’re here to help, dear reader.

    Malcolm Gladwell: the awkward teenage years

    Gladwell gave two vanity “performances” in the West End – prompting fevered adulation from the posh papers – the most amazing being this Guardian editorial, titled In Praise of Malcolm Gladwell.

    It appears that we have a … Read More

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  • Miliband goes mad for Web 2.0

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    David Miliband, the environment minister tipped to be the next Labour Party leader by a friendly Westminster press, says “a new spirit” is afoot in the UK, brought about by Web 2.0.

    Miliband said the web had polarised debate into competing extremities, where the truth was decided by whoever shouted the loudest. Traditional engineering values, where things work, had been replaced by a “Permanent Beta” mentality where the vendor tries to escape its responsibilities by selling the company before it … Read More

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  • Management consultants on the march, powered by Junk Science

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  • BBC seeks ‘Digital Assassins’

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    What if they held a digital media revolution – and nobody came?

    The BBC is having trouble finding citizens to attend a conference devoted to the exciting new world of Citizens Media.

    It’s a Beeb-sponsored day about the “democratization of the media”, but despite a 50 quid bribe to attend – that’s more than you get for appearing on Newsnight or Radio 4’s Today program, and the kind of practice we thought had been outlawed in the 1832 Reform Act … Read More

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