Second verse, same as the first, a little bit louder and a little bit worse

Two recent news stories continue my theme that social media doesn't so much change people's behaviour, as expose pre-existing behaviours for all to see, often with unexpected consequences. Exhibit 1: 'Dumbest criminal' records crimes A Leeds man has been dubbed the city's "dumbest criminal" by a councillor for posting videos of anti-social behaviour on the … Continue reading Second verse, same as the first, a little bit louder and a little bit worse

In the future, people will think it strange…

... that the internet was ever tethered to wall sockets and floor boxes. Now obviously the participants in a Mobile Internet Portal Strategies conference are a self-selecting bunch of enthusiasts, but last week there was a distinct sense of confidence that our moment has arrived. People who've spent the best part of a decade expounding … Continue reading In the future, people will think it strange…

Erm, excuse me, but I think Everybody was here all along

It's taken me a while (and 83 more pages of Here Comes Everybody) to understand my unease with the "technology changes everything" discourse around social media, and now to reach an alternative hypothesis. In my last post I questioned whether the advent of the internet in the place of television could, as Clay Shirky suggests, … Continue reading Erm, excuse me, but I think Everybody was here all along

Television may be the gin of the information age, but that doesn’t mean the web is pure water

The new media revolutionary in me so much wants to believe Clay Shirky's "Here Comes Everybody" hypothesis, that the web heralds a new era of mass participation, collaboration and creativity. With our mobile phones and broadband connections we remade society, so that my five-year-old son cannot conceive of a world without the web ("Daddy, if … Continue reading Television may be the gin of the information age, but that doesn’t mean the web is pure water