Media Value: And Why Close To Home Sells

Media corporations are for profit like any other business. They have products, employee’s, managers and consumers. They operate with traditional business sense in most cases, getting the most out of any given story and reflecting what the people want. Put frankly, this is the problem with news media. In April 2014, 200 hundred female school children were kidnapped by Boko Haram in Nigeria. Shortly after their disappearance the story gained traction on western media because of a hashtag supposedly spearheaded by an American mother. The problem here is that we had an American woman on American media leading an American … Continue reading Media Value: And Why Close To Home Sells

Pebble Mosaic: Information Aggregation

Twitter is the embodiment of democracy. All those little voices swirling around into a collective of human opinion spewing forth the combined thoughts of the people. Systems like Tweetdeck mean that quick rate aggregation can stand in the place of traditional news stories. My experiences using Tweetdeck to track current affairs have often left me more knowledgeable, inform, up to date and engaged than traditional legacy media. Legacy media only offers a very small packaged account of events that is designed and cropped according to corporation needs. Traditional media also has the unwanted effect of gatekeepers, often bending the facts, … Continue reading Pebble Mosaic: Information Aggregation

Lost in Translationals?

Viewing a piece of entertainment in a different context to which it was made for can have interesting consequences. Some parts may simply not work for certain demographics, see the US adaption of the UK series Skins, which didn’t work for an American audience because drug use and sex were present which for the demographic was more than they were willing to accept. Television adaptions always have a lot to prove though, upon their announcement many fans of the original are outraged meaning the show has already started on the wrong foot. The series then has to define itself outside … Continue reading Lost in Translationals?

You Don’t Make Friends With Apples

Apple vs Android is a time old debate. From a libertarian view I’m much more likely to side with the Android and it’s open source nature. But if I were to be honest with my technological ability and personal needs from a smart phone the iPhone, with it’s accessibility and emphasis on music, is better suited to my own needs. Discussing the virtues of both leads back to the fact that  these products are devices directed at and are for very different types of consumers. The iPhone with it’s ease of use is directed at anyone and everyone who wants … Continue reading You Don’t Make Friends With Apples

Walls Made Of Money: iFeudalism

“The old internet is shrinking and being replaced by walled gardens over which Google’s crawlers cannot climb. Sure, Google can crawl Facebook’s ‘public pages’, but those represent a tiny fraction of the pages on Facebook, and are not informed by the crucial signals of identity and relationship which give those pages meaning.” – John Batelle Facebook, in terms of walled gardens, is an incredibly interesting one as the media is based around socializing and audience participation.  As someone who has adopted Facebook only in the last year and a bit I can say from experience that being on the other side of those walls is … Continue reading Walls Made Of Money: iFeudalism