"The new motto should be: “Get playful, get experimental – or stay behind.” and applies especially to companies and organisations." Ooooooh, yes.
A video reaction to the recent UK parliament expenses scandal:
The creator blogs for Computer Weekly.
What a fantastic experiment:
The cover of the latest issue of the New Yorker was painted on an iPhone.
A willingness to experiment is one of the major things that will allow existing publishing businesses to survive the next few years, as technology reshapes the way information and entertainment are produced and distributed. And the ability to see new technology in the context of what you already do – but without being constrained by that context – is vital.
Colombo’s phone drawing is very much in the tradition of a certain kind of New Yorker cover, and he doesn’t see the fact that it’s a virtual finger painting as such a big deal. “Imagine twenty years ago, writing about these people who are sending these letters on their computer.”
Part of the tradition, but also creating something new. Perfect.
“Moderation in everything,” my late mother used to say, somewhat ironically given how much unused wool and unpainted china she left behind. But, like many clichés, it has a deep element of truth, as I’ve discovered by disconnecting somewhat from my normal blogging-twittering-photographing lifestyle. A quiet weekend with friends and family, as well as a rather sobering visit to my parents’ grave (to check the newly-placed gravestone with Mum’s name added) have helped put many things back in their proper perspective, and that’s valuable.
The one big danger of social media, I think, is also its strength – its ability to connect you with like minds. If you don’t move outside the tight circle of people just like you, you can start seeing things in a distorted way, leading to a bubble mentality. This is one reason I value being married to a social media sceptic. Perspective is important, and sometime you have to step back to get it.
I’ve yet to open my feed reader, which is likely to be a place of horror and despair after 5 days away from it, but I’m glad I took the break.
Sorry for the unannounced silence, but I’m back in business.
Joanna Geary: Twitter us another way of finding you local community online and interacting with them.
Christian Payne: Geri Jackson (sp?) – evicted from Zimbabwe, broadcast into the country. Blocked. Now texts into there. 400k texts a month. One third of population left, but leave a mobile there to communicate with family. How get free texts into Zimbabwe?
Paul Bradshaw: Distribution is now journalists’ responsibility. Can you organize users to cover events?
Simon Grice: setting up a local news site. At a local level, people are interested in things that happen where they live. Unique opportunity for local news to harness this medium to serve audience.
PB: tools and services around news
SG: local ads
JG: no-one has the answer. We don’t sell content, we sell audiences. Audiences follow you because you have something to say. We need to look again at what people want from us.
SG: We need to rethink what localization means, when you don’t have a fixed distribution base.
PB: Need to create a newsroom without walls. Connected journalism.
JG: For traditional journalists, social media are a scary lot. Taking meetings face to face cements online relationships.
CP: I’m glad the advertising model is lying kicking and screaming in the gutter.
PB: Publishers not throwing enough money at innovation.
SG: Publishers not looking at the innovation in startups.
First panel discussion - five white males, points out Bill Thompson.
Pat Kane is first up, showing us a picture of Dick Tracey with his wrist communication device - something for us all to aspire to, right?
- Beat reporting (content search, geolocation)
- Early warning of events/news
- Real time content/reporting
- Traceable sources for leads and interviewing
- "can you help" - audience interaction
- Promo tool (content marketing)
- Expertise archive
Not sure that I agree with all five points made in here, but they're certainly thought-provoking.