Careful Now!

New Media doesn’t get Old Media. Bloggers don’t get why Old Media is wary of two way communication, and become irked when they can’t respond with their opinions on news websites. After all, information wants to be free. Information may be free, but libel is expensive, Old Media replies. New Media knows this in its… Continue reading Careful Now!

Generation Gap

Old Media doesn’t get New Media. Old Media thinks New Media is a bunch of grungy geeks with nothing to say. In short, Old Media thinks new media should get a haircut and a job. Journalists and bloggers come from different worlds. Journalists are deadline orientated. Bloggers are instant. Their focus isn’t on getting the… Continue reading Generation Gap

Joe The non-Plumber

It’s one of those memes that’s crept into public discourse in the last year or two. It’s not enough for a politician to say how tough it is for a typical married couple, they have to give a concrete example, something the electorate can relate to. Take James Reilly, Fine Gael health spokesman: ‘The guard… Continue reading Joe The non-Plumber

The Count

So there it is. Lisbon II is all set to go ahead next October. Probably. Provided the British don’t lose their bottle in the face of falling poll numbers. And provided José Manuel Barrosso doesn’t extend the commission’s term of office until say, the end of 2009. And provided the Czechs don’t throw a spanner… Continue reading The Count

Pig Ignorant

‘Let’s just list this for a second.’ ‘John McCain says he’s for change too.’ ‘Except – So I guess his whole angle is, “watch out George Bush, except for economic policy, healthcare policy, tax policy, education policy, foreign policy, and Karl Rove style politics, we’re really going to shake things up in Washington”.’ ‘That’s not… Continue reading Pig Ignorant