The democratic process has eroded by our elected politicians being busy more with fund raising than with policy that benefits the majority of their voters. Never before have so few been engaged in making the world a better place. Everybody is too busy making sure they have the latest iPad or iPhone.
The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) released a report on press freedom in the United Kingdom. Concerns over the extent of political involvement in new press regulation coupled with international outrage over the British government’s reaction to the Guardian newspaper’s coverage of digital surveillance revelations prompted engagement with press freedom issues in the United Kingdom, which WAN-IFRA went to check in situ.
Sir Tim Berners-Lee asks for a bill of rights to protect freedom of speech on the Internet and users’ rights after leaks about government surveillance of online activity. He referred to the Magna Carta in a BBC radio show. Unfortunately, in 1215 reason ruled, while now most people shrug at the thought of their privacy being massively invaded.
There seems to be the common belief iPads, Android tablets, smartphones and eBook readers will soon be replacing print altogether. It could look that way to people who only read mainstream publications and who rarely come into contact with less common publications like facsimiles, limited edition books, etc.
Big data is the new hype. It’s unstructured data spanning petabytes in volume. Although big data gives rise to new insights because of the sheer size of it, there are problems with it. One of the most important questions to ask about big data is: who owns it?
A study that consisted of a landscape audit, investigating YouGov’s database of Twitter users identified how people are using Twitter and the role of news brands within that.
Facebook’s line of temptation is “What’s on your mind?”. Twitter’s “Compose New Tweet” is much less alluring but still manages to get people to share their thoughts with thousands if not millions of others. What has happened to the age old art of prudence and modesty? Gone forever? With all that news about private data being sold to advertisers and such, one should think not.
How important are spelling, grammar and consistent style for a publication (including marketing content) on a website or a mobile page? In our times of SMS texting, it doesn’t seem to matter all that much anymore. But it does.
Everyone with a presence on the Internet, be it a blog, a regular podcast or screencast, or a magazine will see the need for knowledge and skills change in 2014 as it becomes increasingly clear that publishing in its current form is not going to survive.
It’s only a couple of years since everything that isn’t tangible and cannot be made without a complex manufacturing process is fair game. Writers, musicians, designers, artists, anyone who creates something that can be created digitally, is sacrificed on the altar of “Free”.