Public condemnation of arseholes doesn’t amount to censorship

A spectre is haunting us: the spectre of a new and evil form of censorship driven by the reverse tyranny of mob rule! Continue Reading

Paper economies

imageAre you a book reader? Or a digital reader reader? Continue Reading

Possibly confusing messages

imageFirst Warren Buffet started buying up local newspapers in the US. Then in March this year he made a statement in his letter to shareholders that he and his investment partner, Charlie Munger, were “bullish” about local newspapers. These two events created a positive mood in the sector and sparked others into following suit. Continue Reading

Decline and recovery


Facebook has done something incredible: after managing to raise US$16 billion in its 2012 IPO, selling 25 per cent of its shares, it has now succeeded to lose both its cool and its core salaried audience.

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Trolls are some of the best entertainers on Twitter

twitter troll

To voluntarily self-describe as a “troll” right now would seem like a perverse brag about threatening and verbally abusing women online from the cowardly comfort of an anonymous Twitter account. But if you’re a bit more familiar with certain corners of the social media site, trolls are some of the most entertaining people to follow. Continue Reading

New owners, old necessities


Great newspapers need time to evolve. Many decades passed before papers including the Times, the Guardian and the Mail became trusted organs, charged by their readers to keep an eye on those in power. Continue Reading

News in briefly


This week’s row about abuse on Twitter emphasised just how swiftly stuff comes and goes on transient media. Continue Reading

All’s blithe in Blighty

untitledWhat a glorious, frabjous couple of days. Quite took one’s mind off the heat. I was there, the day that the Cambridge Royal baby was born. By there I don’t mean ‘there’. That would have been intrusive. I mean anxiously awaiting The News along with the rest of Her Majesty’s Press. Continue Reading


“Before we all sink into a slough of digital dystopian despair, it might be worth considering this: is this a sign of the strength, not weakness, of revelatory journalism in the digital age?”

Charlie Beckett, director of POLIS at the London School of Economics, reacts to news that the UK government forced the Guardian into destroying hard drives that contained information leaked by Edward Snowden.

(Source: POLIS)


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