Revue: On Punditry

Revue is a newsletter app, and they recently hooked up with Twitter. I sent out this article on Friday 26 March. Punditry: How I got it wrong About five years ago, I found myself on a radio roundtable panel giving my opinion on the week’s events. And I got it wrong. Spectacularly, undeniably wrong. Donald… Continue reading Revue: On Punditry

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Revue: Hello World

Revue is a newsletter app, and they recently hooked up with Twitter. I sent out this article on Friday 19 March. The EU needs an EU wide shared news outlet. Something set up to overcome the language barriers between us, so that, for example, Irish people aren’t at the mercy of politicians defining how well… Continue reading Revue: Hello World

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Year Two

Freelance Forum

It’s been a year. One year ago last week, I cancelled the Freelance Forum. At the time, the optimistic plan was to reorganise the same event later in the year. It soon became clear that wasn’t going to work. Instead, we moved online as a series of podcasts. Fourteen episodes in the Spring, three more… Continue reading Year Two

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From Gaia to QNN

This Is QNN QNN feels a little on the nose, so I doubt I’m the first to think of it. I’m sure there are people out there using it as a handy name for media platforms supplying Q-Anon-inspired Qonspiracy theorists with grist. As an aside, I’m surprised we haven’t seen more about Gaia as the… Continue reading From Gaia to QNN

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Personal Responsibility

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Words matter. As journalists, we have to believe that. When the tánaiste goes on a flagship RTÉ Current Affairs programme to undermine the advice of public health experts, it matters. When the taoiseach promises everyone they can have a “very special” Christmas, words matter. When the cabinet dithers and postpones lockdowns while they know people… Continue reading Personal Responsibility

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Screen Grabs

Television is broken

This is the second attempt in a decade to reorganise RTÉ funding, after the earlier proposal for a universal “screen” fee foudered on anti-tax sentiment. This idea is likely to sink too. RTÉ just isn’t that popular with politicians. The broadcaster’s news division, even under current cutbacks, has a habit of asking awkward questions just… Continue reading Screen Grabs

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Sticky News

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Advertising is the past. Reader support is the future. This has implications for journalism and website design. You cannot build a media business annoying the audience. People will not keep paying for things that constantly annoy them. That confrontational contrarian opinion writer? He’s costing you money. News websites also need to fix the stickiness problem.… Continue reading Sticky News

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History 111

Eleventyone years ago today, the House of Lords rejected the People’s Budget of Lloyd George. Furious, Lloyd George pushed through the Parliament Act in 1911, limiting the Lords veto to two years. As a result of the Lords loss of veto, the third Home Rule bill passed in 1912, and would go into effect in… Continue reading History 111

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I created the graphic below earlier this week, in response to yet another hate filled tweet from a bigot being amplified and shared by people on Twitter protesting how outrageous it was. (No, I’m not going to tell you which bigot.) The graphic is self-explanatory. Trolls feed on attention. So remember, do not feed the… Continue reading Share

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