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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Peak Television

The pilot episode isn’t called ‘Pilot’. It’s called something that sounds fancier than it is. Palimpsest, perhaps. Or Quotidian. Or Bellwether. A word wearing it’s best shoes, trying to look its best. And its not an episode. It’s a Chapter.At some point, a character will define the title word. Most likely, this character is a… Continue reading Peak Television

Discards

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I once had an idea for a pod/radio show where people go through what’s wrong with how their profession is portrayed. Politicians talking about the West Wing, journalists about the Newsroom, a few Guards ranting on the basic mistakes in your favourite cop show. The idea began as a narrower part of a wider feature… Continue reading Discards

Rear View Mirror

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It seems to be traditional to reflect on the decade gone by every time a year ending in a zero rolls around, so here goes. In truth, I feel I’ve been treading water for the last while. A decade ago, when this blog was younger, social media hadn’t sucked the oxygen out of small websites… Continue reading Rear View Mirror

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On news media

Too many journalists complain people won’t pay for news. This is not true. People will pay for news. The question we need to ask is why they won’t pay for our news. I suspect the problem often is not reporting, which is good, but the opinion pages, which are often awful clickbait dreck. The most… Continue reading On news media

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Electioneering

The trouble with EU elections is they feel irrelevant. Even more than presidential elections, they’re seen as an ideal avenue for a protest vote. In the UK, this is why Nigel Farage is an MEP and a serial failed Westminster candidate. In Ireland, the presidential election is a bit odd. We care about who is… Continue reading Electioneering

In Memory: Lyra McKee

I can’t remember when I first met Lyra McKee. She was that very 21st century thing, a twitter friend. We first came across each other there, back when it was still small enough to feel like a community. That friendship led eventually to meetups in real life as we attended some of the same events,… Continue reading In Memory: Lyra McKee

Censorship of Films and Publications in Ireland 2011-18

Following on from a recent Freedom of Information request to the Censorship of Publications Board, a further FOI to the Irish Film Classification Office and the Cesorship of Publications Board. Irish Film Classification Office FOI Response from Irish Film Classification Office 106-18 Decision Censorship of Publications Board FOI Response from Censorship of Publications Board Part… Continue reading Censorship of Films and Publications in Ireland 2011-18

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