A local media thought experiment: “The Bearwood Question”

So local TV is back on the agenda, offering more questions than answers. In the Guardian Media Talk podcast Matt Wells questioned Jeremy Hunt about the ability to deliver “local” in any meaningful way through broadcast television. TV, in its traditional broadcast sense, is territory based: signals have a “footprint” to which they are broadcast and which they… Continue reading A local media thought experiment: “The Bearwood Question”

The nearest thing you’ll get to ubiquitous WiFi in Birmingham UK

This is what my Wi-Fi looks like. Off and on I’ve thought about spending a whole week laptop working in Birmingham’s city centre, to try to get a feel for how well we provide WiFi coverage. And then you know, document it. I kinda don’t need to now. This is a Starbucks “reward” card. Don’t… Continue reading The nearest thing you’ll get to ubiquitous WiFi in Birmingham UK

A Birmingham amendment to Godwin’s Law

Godwin’s Law is an Internet adage that states: As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches 1. I’d like to table a local amendment, which we’ll call Brummie’s Law (because I’m not naming it after myself): As an online discussion about Birmingham grows longer, the probability of a boundary… Continue reading A Birmingham amendment to Godwin’s Law

Who does the most social media? Some data. Maybe.

I keep hearing how great Birmingham is at blogging and social media. That’s a subjective thing and anyone can say it but I also keep hearing people saying or suggesting we do it the best, we do it the most, and that we’re at the centre of it. That’s a bit more problematic and I… Continue reading Who does the most social media? Some data. Maybe.

a three hour walking tour of Brum, thinking about art, design and creativity in the city

I took two groups of our BA students around Birmingham this week. Our mission: to find where the creative industries hang out, and to think about how design lives and breathes in the real world. We spent three hours and covered a lot of ground. Unfortunately we didn’t get as far as Ikon at Brindley… Continue reading a three hour walking tour of Brum, thinking about art, design and creativity in the city