Browsing All posts tagged under »media«

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 […]

How many readers will the News of the World lose?

July 7, 2011


The news that the News of the World, the Sunday tabloid, hacked into the mobile phones of real people as opposed to the celebrities and politicans that breathe a different, rarefied air, has left a bad feeling in the mouths of most people. We didn’t necessarily mind when it was rich people who often played […]

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 […]

Do superinjunctions work these days?

April 26, 2011


I’ve been quiet recently writing a book on the effects of social media in the Middle East and North African revolutions (the conclusion is that it’s negligible, especially in relation to the press perception of how much it affected the uprisings), so apologies for that. You might expect me to therefore argue a different tack […]

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 internet defending copyright laws? WHAT?!

November 4, 2010


It might seem like this story comes out of Oppositeland, but it’s actually true: the internet, that bastion of copyright infringement, plagiarism and illegal downloads, are actually helping maintain the copyright claims of one blogger against a print media magazine that ripped off their work then had the gall to say “tough.” It’s actually quite […]