Stuff White People Like (no, not the BNP again)

The last time I saw the LSE’s main lecture theatre overflowing with 450+ giggling students was when the Queen came here. So what was the attraction of a geeky Canadian blogger who writes about organic coffee and camping? Within a year Christian Lander’s Stuff White People Like blog has gone from a private joke for college chums to global brand with […]

October 23rd, 2009|Journalism, Research|0 Comments|

Forget the bloggers, it's going to be the Flip election

Political bloggers like to think that they will swing the next election. Big platforms like ConservativeHome and individual muck-rakers such as Guido Fawkes are billed as the websites that might win it. But when I talk to MPs it is video that really scares them. Could this be the election when a punter with a Flip camera changes the course […]

October 21st, 2009|Journalism, Politics|4 Comments|

The news from Iran: new research on how the Internet connected to the world media

Has Gordon Brown Stopped Beating His Wife?

Andrew Marr‘s producers will be delighted with the ripples in the media pond spread by his question to the Prime Minister this morning. In a tortuously roundabout way the big-eared BBC presenter asked Gordon Brown if he was ‘one of those people’ who take prescription drugs. Is the reason he asked it because of the ‘right-wing blogosphere‘? The blogger that first […]

September 27th, 2009|Journalism, Politics|26 Comments|

Twitter: political whistleblower

The first half of 2009 has been a turning point for the micro-blogging site Twitter in a political context. During public riots in the aftermath of both the election in Moldova, and more prominently, the Iranian election on June 12, 2009, Twitter was acknowledged to have been playing a key role in the political communication, as a tool for activists […]