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How to make a GIF (and other essential skills)

January 28, 2017


As we get used to the new normal (i.e. computing and Internet services everywhere) we need to rethink the skills that are important. For educators there’s a renewed focus on teaching STEM subjects, and a new computing syllabus that starts at age 5 (aside: great idea, but only if primary school teachers are computer literate […]

This week’s sources: on screens and society

February 8, 2016


We’re so busy “doing” that we often don’t think about why or what it means. It’s this contemplation gap makes digital anthropology so important and so fascinating. Digital connection is deeply interwoven into everyday life and unless we work to understand it, we can’t properly grasp the relationships between people, culture and technology. The forces that drive the world today. This […]

Journalists on the future (or demise?) of news media

January 19, 2016


   Happy prediction season! One of my favourite times of year and, if you’re familiar with Kevin Kelly’s Futurist’s Dilemma, especially hard to take seriously: “Any believable prediction will be wrong. Any correct prediction will be unbelievable.” Predictions usually are wrong, but that doesn’t mean they’re not useful. They tell us a lot about the zeitgeist […]

Preference vs desire: how do you predict what people want (to read)?

September 24, 2015


If holidays are an exercise in escapism, then reading for pleasure while away is doubly so. It’s an extreme attempt to distance ourselves from everyday life: flying to an exciting destination just to escape all over again through a good book. Irony aside, holidays are when a lot of people buy (and probably also read) books. […]

Access, ownership and adoption

May 14, 2014


Change happens both quicker and slower than we imagine. Once upon a time (nine years ago) there was this big new thing everyone was talking about. They said it would change the world. Today we barely question it; it’s just another part of our lives. So it did change the world after all. Right? No […]

Out of the box: the future of connected, social television

February 19, 2014


TV is not getting worse; it’s actually getting better and better. It’s nothing to do with the quality of the quality of the programs and given that Channel 5 is still drinking the last of the blood from the Big Brother franchise, I’ll steer clear of discussing the quality if programming. What I mean is […]

Blogging, authenticity and self promotion

April 23, 2013


A few home truths about social media As you can tell, I don’t get paid to write this. I’d either make no money or quickly get myself fired through lack of serious proof-reading. However, like most amateur bloggers I’ve wondered what it would be like (to be paid; not to be fired). Like football fans […]