Why blog?

Blogging has been around for decades now. In some ways it has been superceded by ‘micro-blogging’ such as Twitter or social networks such as Facebook. Those allow you to do similar things: express yourself, connect to others, put things on the record, interact with others. But blogging still might have a role – especially in a University context – but […]

August 7th, 2012|Media|4 Comments|

Wael Ghonim: the accidental revolutionary (Google #bigtentuk debate)

Wael Ghonim (Google exec and Egyptian Internet activist) made an interesting point about his role in Egypt’s revolution at Google’s #bigtentuk conference. It was accidental.


The Specialist Amateur: A New Threat to the Professional Journalist (guest-blog)

While listening to the International Journalism Festival panel on Democracy After Journalism, moderated by POLIS Director Charlie Beckett I was challenged by a new question about the future of journalism.  Through the enlightening debate over journalism’s watchdog function and impassioned discussions of what democracy should be, an underlying theme arose that begged the question: What happens to journalism when real-life […]


Blogs are dead, long live blogging

The classic idea of the blog may have passed, but blogging is alive and well. However, it is in a kind of creative crisis, with the market appearing to assume a longer tail with a steeper curve. I write this partly in response to the Orwell Prize. I am on record as distrusting all prizes or lists. They are cheap, […]

March 31st, 2011|Journalism|2 Comments|

Why Is HuffPo Coming Here?

Is the launch of a UK Huffington Post a serious venture, or is this just a half-hearted attempt to turn AOL’s latest acquisition into a global franchise? On the face of it there isn’t much going for the idea. The online Guardian already provides a place where liberals get their news and they can fight with non-liberals on Comment Is […]