Why is my [media] diet failing?

Now I don’t know about you, but I’ve spent the last decade or so steadily cutting back on my media consumption. After all, I’ve had to find time for surfing the web, playing video games, loading – and listening to – my iPod, and of course, to spend hours seeing “what else is on” while scanning the EPG on Read More

BBC hobbles websites with 25% budget cut

The BBC is to cut its web presence to save money and create room for the private sector websites. Director General Mark Thompson announced yesterday that the BBC will: Cut the number of sites it runs; Cover less news; Commit to link to outside sites on its stories; Focus on international, national and regional news, Read More

Why order matters

If you want to get a message across, you really can’t ignore order. No matter what you’ve got to say, if you get it in the wrong place, no one will ever read it. Sounds simple, but effective writing is not as easy it seems. The evidence, like this email I got last week,  is Read More

Twitter changing to mass consumption media

Twitter is changing to the advantage of all content generators, particularly the professional ones. It is changing into a media which is just followed by people.  It was a social networking site where all of its members felt obliged to or wanted to tweet.  But Twitter’s CEO, Dick Costolo, revealed this week that it is Read More

Is one channel enough?

Flicking through the news headlines, I noted that MySpace has again cut jobs. They’ve now lost two-thirds of their workers over the last 18 months , as part of their “refocused” business strategy. With the might of News Corporation behind them, of course they should stand a decent chance of survival. Prosperity is another matter, especially in such a crowded – and polarised – social media space. Read More

Mosley tries for pre-publication privacy notice

Max Mosley is trying to make UK newspapers and magazines tell the subjects of stories before publication what they are about.  He claims this is necessary for those subjects to have their privacy defended. His lawyers were in the European Court of Human Rights today arguing that the UK should be told to introduce this Read More

Just one little prediction for 2011

My one surefire forecast for this year is very, very simple: “Predictions and forecasts for the future will become so short-term and safe that they will cease to have any impact or relevance.” With some notable exceptions, such as Richard’s very specific tips for the magazine industry (see his post below) the vast majority of predictions for 2011 that I have seen are along the Read More