Browsing All posts tagged under »internet«

Holes in the Great Wall of China?

August 8, 2011


China is this generation’s Russia. It’s hidden behind a literal and figurative wall, where you feel that only small snippets of information are let out to the general public. But truthfully, we’re getting closer and closer to a glasnost situation with the world’s largest economy. We’ve seen in the past few months a series of […]

Norwegian terrorism and the new media landscape

July 22, 2011


I had written a book about the power of Twitter in disseminating news (in particular in the Arab Spring) but until today hadn’t quite gathered just how powerful a movement it is. The general argument I made when the book was published in May was that Twitter was vitally important in providing the impetus for […]

Tom Macmaster sets back the Arab Spring decades

June 13, 2011


I’m busy contemplating adding a major new chapter to The Revolution Will Be Tweeted? (which is out now) thanks to this, as well as updating other events  and releasing an expanded second edition soon. That won’t be for a while, though, so if you’re interested in seeing how the now-named Arab Spring came about (and […]

Was the revolution really tweeted?

March 3, 2011


Wael Ghonim, Google’s Head of Marketing in the Middle East and North Africa, became something of a figurehead for the Egyptian revolution when he informed his multi-billion dollar employer that he had a family emergency and needed to take six days off work. What actually happened was Ghonim was rushing for a plane from Dubai, […]

WikiLeaks jumps the shark

January 6, 2011


It’s season five of Happy Days and the Fonz ends up harnessed in to some sort of jetski thing in order to jump a shark. It’s not a totally ridiculous thing – after all, this is a programme where the man could jumpstart a jukebox with his fist and had women literally swooning at his […]

The Social Network

October 14, 2010


I got really worried in the first few seconds of The Social Network. Aaron Sorkin can do very little wrong in my eyes (I’m a fully paid-up fan of The West Wing, Sports Night and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip) but opening a film about a website whose majority of users are young, self-centred […]

Not everyone Googles…

October 8, 2010


It may be shocking to learn this, but not everyone Googles. Despite the fact that it’s become a verb in the Oxford English Dictionary, and that most of use it many times daily (I have known friends that will type a URL into their browser’s Google toolbar, get the results of the search then click […]