Tag Archives: Blogging

Aug 7 2012

Why blog?

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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 In some ways it has been superceded by ‘micro-blogging’ such as Twitter or social networks such as Facebook.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 … Continue reading

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May 18 2011

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

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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.

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Apr 16 2011

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

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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 … Continue reading

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Mar 31 2011

Blogs are dead, long live blogging

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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 … Continue reading

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Mar 25 2011

Why Is HuffPo Coming Here?

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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 … Continue reading

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Feb 9 2011

“Forward” Thinking: Will Straw and the future of online political journalism (Guest blog)

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AOL’s $315 million acquisition of The Huffington Post this week has infused new life into debates about the viability of such news and blogging websites as profit-producing investments. Could a HuffPost work in the UK? POLIS intern Beth Lowell reports on … Continue reading

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Feb 3 2011

Egypt: A Case for Net Neutrality? (guest blog)

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Amidst the coverage of Egypt’s Internet shutdown, a question frequently raised during last term’s POLIS Media Dialogues series seems increasingly relevant: how can Information & Communications Technology companies (ICTs) uphold their commitment to protect customers’ freedom of expression when this right conflicts … Continue reading

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Oct 12 2010

Conspicuous Eclecticism or Mexican Waving? Citizen As Publisher

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Here are two key media analysis rules: 1. Never generalise from your own media behaviour 2. All the best work is done in conference coffee breaks or late at night over a glass of red wine (or two) In this … Continue reading

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Jul 21 2010

The Ambiguity of Blogging: Beneficial and Believable? (guest blog)

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The Ambiguity of Blogging by Polis Summer School Student, Nadine Makarem An international celebrity “Tweeted” in May 2009: “Laying in bed this morning contemplating how amazing it would be if somehow Oscar Wilde and Mae West could twitter from the … Continue reading

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Jul 10 2010

The Economist: networking a global niche

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The biggest threat to The Economist’s current relative prosperity will be when they get wifi on Jumbos. Some carriers are hoping to do so within two years. Economist readers fly a lot and use the down-time between airplane movies and meals … Continue reading

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