Statutory Notices for the 21st Century

When, in the opening pages of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, the people of Earth protest about the planned demolition of their planet, Prostetnic Vogon Jeltz replies: There’s no point in acting surprised about it. All the planning charts and demolition orders have been on display at your local planning department in Alpha Centauri for 50 of… Continue reading Statutory Notices for the 21st Century

Unbacked: to the future

I’ve done quite a few bits now on Contributoria (an experimental sort-of-crowd-funded journalism experiment from The Guardian). It’s an interesting place, a pretty eclectic collection of writing that people are getting paid for. The deal is if you get enough people to back you with the fake money of Contributoria points in month 1 then… Continue reading Unbacked: to the future

Help Me Investigate: the social practices of investigative journalism

Last week I attended the 2010 conference of the International Association of Media & Communication Research where amongst other things I gave a paper, Help Me Investigate: the social practices of investigative journalism. Taking all of your ideas and presenting them in less than 15 minutes is pretty hard going when you’re used to having captive audiences… Continue reading Help Me Investigate: the social practices of investigative journalism

The meek shall inherit the earth?

Well, as Monty Python pointed out, the meek have had a hell of a time*.  I had a thought last night about newspaper pay walls. It’s a very lazy thought, and I’m jumping to conclusions (hence why this is on my personal blog and not http://www.interactivecultures.org or http://www.masocialmedia.com).   It’s a jump to conclusions matt! – If you… Continue reading The meek shall inherit the earth?