Print’s not dead, it’s just evolving

"Is Print Dead?" was the provocative title for David Parkin's Leeds Media Breakfast Briefing the other day. If the answer had been yes, I guess we'd all have had to wolf down our croissants and get back to work. Thankfully as a newspaper business editor turned online start-up entrepreneur, David treated us to a more … Continue reading Print’s not dead, it’s just evolving

Here Comes Everybody bigger (and smaller) than ever before

Back in May I blogged about Clay Shirky's book "Here Comes Everybody". I was torn: I wanted to believe that social media could indeed make the world a better place, yet my inner history graduate protested that people are people, and have communicated and interacted for good and ill since time immemorial. In "Television may … Continue reading Here Comes Everybody bigger (and smaller) than ever before

Even on paper, the immediacy is the message

Adam Greenfield posts on Speedbird about British Airways' current ad campaign to rehabilitate Heathrow Terminal 5. The ads run across print, radio and digital, and confront low expectations of T5 based on its highly-publicised teething troubles. They break new ground in their use of near real-time statistics, such as the number of yesterday's flights arriving … Continue reading Even on paper, the immediacy is the message

Old / new media mash-up – first impressions

Old / new media mash-up part 2 Here's the proof (geddit?) that the worlds of inky fingers and fat thumbs can coexist. Last week I purchased a 1.5 inch type-high zinc block of the QR code for this blog, http://matt.me63.com. I wanted to see what happens when the beautifully tactile letterpress of my boyhood meets … Continue reading Old / new media mash-up – first impressions

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…