The horror from Christchurch, New Zealand, that exploded across newspaper pages and television, computer and smartphone screens this weekend captured imaginations in ways that no one could possibly have imagined beforehand.
The fact that one individual armed with a semi-automatic rifle could visit such an outrage upon people worshipping in a place of religion isn’t the worst of it, awful and distressing though this event is with at least 50 people shot dead and scores wounded, some in critical condition.
After all, we’re used to seeing and hearing about such mass shootings in America all the time.
And it’s not because it happened in a country like New Zealand, a place many call a paradise on Earth. A place of rich beauty and a largely unspoiled natural environment. A place many of us in the UK see as made up of kinfolk, people with historic links to us, today
Guest Post by Gloria BellWarning: This post is not going to give you some brilliant insight into some new lightning speed piece of technology. (Sorry! Maybe next time!) What it will give you is some questions to ask yourself about communicating at the speed of technology.
There is no question that technology has had a huge impact on the ways and the speed at which we communicate. In less than 30 years, we went from two basic options – slow (mail) or faster (telephone) to a multitude of methods to get a message from one place to another, literally at the speed of technology. Recently, I had a discussion with a young person that made me stop and think about the ways communication has changed and whether or not these changes are always good.
This young person had slid on some ice and hit a parked car. Fortunately
“We can have democracy in this country or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we cannot have both.“ So the famous US Supreme Court Justice and ‘crusader for social justice’ and breaker-upper of Gilded Age monopolies, Louis D. Brandeis is said to have said, perhaps sometime in the early 1930s.
Today, perhaps the best-known neo-Brandeisian anti-trust advocate is Tim Wu, Columbia law professor, ‘father of net neutrality’ and author of a series of books likening today’s commercial excesses – in particular in the digital space – to the ‘Gilded Age’ of the late 19th and early 20thcenturies.
Of course, it is not really an either-or debate. It’s a complex and convoluted, tangled web of interests and angles, and any claimant of simple solutions has likely got a degree from snake oil university.
Neville discusses an article in The
The February 2019 edition of the Hobson and Holtz Report podcast, aka FIR episode 176, is a show that marks a big milestone for Shel and I.
It’s the 1,000th episode* of a podcast that we began in January 2005.
In addition to recollections of times past and comments from listeners from throughout FIR’s 14-plus-year history, plus special news from Shel about continuity plans, we report on these stories in this episode:
I’m a big fan of Samsung‘s products especially their Galaxy series of smartphones.
My first Samsung smartphone was a Galaxy S3 in 2012. That was followed by an S4 and then an S6. I’m now on a Galaxy S8. The next one might be an S10 as it looks like I’m an even-number kind of Galaxy user, if I go for another Samsung model again.
Which, by the way, is not a guarantee with the likes of Huawei and other emerging manufacturers offering leading-edge tech and compelling user experiences often at far less cost than premium brands like Samsung (and Apple).
I bought my S8 new in April 2018 – a year after its launch – from a reseller on the UK Amazon Marketplace. It was a great deal: almost half the list price for a new phone that was factory-unlocked to work on any network in Europe.
Suspicion about the consequences and outcomes of the #10YearChallenge meme on Facebook kicked off discussion in the January episode of “The Hobson & Holtz Report”, aka FIR podcast episode 172.
Is it just a harmless meme? Or is it a surveillance nightmare? Shel and Neville weight in.
Here’s the line-up of all the topics that caught our attention and prompted lively conversation in this episode:
Lost trust in Facebook led to wariness about a user-generated meme.
Adobe is bringing part of “Minority Report” to life.
The Internet of Things was everywhere at CES.
A picture of an egg is the most viewed Instagram post ever. What does that bode for influencer marketing?
Picture what Google will look like if the EU implements Article 11 of the Copyright Directive.
Brands are weighing in on the U.S. government shutdown.
Dan York reports on the web’s growing complexity, Jeff Jarvis’s Facebook screed,
Neville Hobson joins Shel Holtz for the December installment of “The Hobson & Holtz Report.” The stories Neville and Shel covered include…
The passing of PR fixture Jack O’Dwyer
Marketers are turning their attention to messaging apps
Not everyone is free to leave Facebook, even if they want to
The death of keywords (or is it?) as audiences become key to targeting in search
Rising Instagram stars post fake sponsored posts to get brands’ attention
What we learned about GDPR in 2018
Research reveals how journalists can rebuild trust in media; could it work in business?
Dan York reports on the Quora data breach, rural connectivity, free (for now) LinkedIn Learning courses, more on Facebook’s woes, Slack banning users with links to Iran, and a new podcast all-in-one mixing desk.
Special thanks to Jay Moonah for the opening and closing music.
Links from this month’s episode:
The SmallDataForum celebrated its third Christmas with a highly calorific and somewhat alcoholic Italian lunch, followed by post-prandial musings about high- and low-lights of 2018, and some crystal ball gazing for 2019.
Our regular followers / listeners – or just about anybody with any interest in tech and communication – won’t be surprised by a list being topped by Facebook, and then some more Facebook. Followed by GDPR and other regulatory activities, mainly by the EU.
And of course we also touched on the topic that’s been with us from episode one, when it was called Brexit. These days, Brexitexit is beginning to sound more fitting.
In his analysis of FB’s / MZ’s predicament, Sam combined review and preview. He sees FB’s annus horribilis as the beginning of the end for the meaningful global connector. At the time of the 2019 SDF Christmas lunch, he expects FB’s chief apologist to
Hootsuite’s Social Media Trends 2019 points to the “storifying” of social as one of the trends to watch in the coming year as people look for more personalized experiences than on the standard social platform and messaging news feeds. So far, WhatsApp is the ‘stories’ winner, but Instagram isn’t far behind.
The big news last week was Tumblr’s announcement it will no longer allow “adult content, including explicit sexual content and nudity (with some exceptions)”, in the interest it says of being “a safe place for creative expression, self-discovery, and a deep sense of community.” When it comes to child pornography of course this makes sense. But some have pointed out that its sexual content had Continue reading "Social Web Update 10.12.18"
A new version of WordPress is expected to land during the next few weeks – perhaps even as soon as December 6 – if development plans proceed smoothly.
I’ve been a WordPress user since version 1.5 over a decade ago, and I’m excited about 5 mostly because of Gutenberg, the brand new post and page editor that aims ultimately to replace the traditional classic editor that’s been part of WordPress since its beginnings.
This new version 5.0 release of the popular content management system also brings a wide range of improved functionality and new features.
I’ve been kicking the tyres a bit with Gutenberg and have found it extremely intuitive, easy to use and definitely the way forward for creating content-to-publish in the WordPress platform itself.
What better way to illustrate what it can do that’s different than by writing this
A poll conducted by SurveyMonkey for "Axios on HBO” concludes that U.S. adults still prefer to communicate in person rather than in digital formats. Maybe that’s what they say when asked. But reported preference and actual behavior are two different matters. And a preference for in-person communication doesn’t mean a choice favoring human interaction . Just take a look at people traveling on transit or walking down the street and notice how many even look up from their smartphones at the world around them.
“The ever-present function of propaganda in modern life is in large measure attributable to the social disorganization which has been precipitated by the rapid advent of technological changes.”
This is not the latest comment on the perpetual missteps, mishaps and misuse of Facebook, but a quote from Harold D. Lasswell, eminent media scholar and creator of the eponymous and never-aging model and formula to determine media effects: who says what to whom in which channel with what effect?
Who said what to whom, and subsequent effects – that was also the theme of a multi-thousand-word investigative piece on Facebook and its executive team in the New York Times on 15th November.
By now, I’m sure anybody with even the remotest interest in the SmallDataForum canon of themes will be familiar with the story and the fall-out: basically, Facebook got burned by burning all sorts of lobbying,
My weekly annotated summary of significant social web platform developments from the previous week, with links and carping marginalia as needed . . . Posted every Monday morning or thereabouts. This week it starts below the lovely photo courtesy of Unsplash.
Need reminding about what you and your friends have shared on Snapchat? Well Snapchat has introduced ‘Friendship Profiles’ where—privately— “you’ll find the images, videos, messages, links, and more that you and your friends have saved in Chat, all in one place.” Not being a Snapchat user—it’s not popular in my, how should I put this, demographic — I can’t say whether this adds value or not. Snapchatters let me know by leaving a comment.
Is this a sign of where Snapchat sees its future? Snapchat Shows is pushing for a foothold in Norway, where according to Digiday two-thirds of the population has a profile on the app and where last Continue reading "Social Web Update 19.11.18"
“We know from human history that developments in technologies over the centuries, ranging from the Industrial Revolution through to the invention of the automobile, then airplanes and so forth, the landscape of progress is littered with human casualties. People die because of these things being tested.”
A provocative statement, the first thing you hear in episode 1 in the third season of the Digital Download podcast that I did with host Paul Sutton last month in which we discussed emerging technologies and communications and what’s predicted to hit the mainstream within the next two to three years.
That statement was intended to sharpen focus on the dilemmas confronting all of us when we want to try something new or radically different to advance our knowledge, our well-bring, our development, where there are risks in doing so. It’s an extreme example of risk and consequence on the journey to that
For the September episode of the monthly Hobson & Holtz Report podcast, aka FIR 155, I was the solo host with Shel away. Doing the show like this reminded me of the old days of FIR when Shel and I recorded a weekly show for over ten years, where one of us would typically do it all solo if the other was away. This was one of those times!
Anyway, you have a show to listen to so here’s what’s in this month’s H&H Report:
Our latest podcast ended up being a tad longer than planned – clearly a sign of a lively, engaged discussion. In talking about various aspects of the attention economy, we managed to hold each other’s attention for a good 45 minutes.
This episode’s show notes were written by Thomas Stoeckle.
Many ‘attention economists’ these days quote Nobel Laureate Herbert Simon and his observation that a wealth of information creates a poverty of attention. It is certainly a quote that has aged well, and one can only wonder what Simon would make of the world now, 47 years on from his famous statement.
Sam doesn’t quite see the crisis of attention that brands often lament. But quality and controllability matter more than ever, and producers of content – especially the advertising and media industries – need to up their game to stay relevant. Users control their online experience through ad blockers
Show notes for this episode written by Thomas Stoeckle.
“If a tree falls in a forest, and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?” A modern version of this 18th century thought experiment by the philosopher and cleric George Berkeley might read: “If the EU fines a big tech firm billions of dollars, and no one has the power to enforce it, has it actually happened?”
A recent opinion piece on AdExchanger discussed the connection between Google’s $5bn antitrust fine, and the enforcement of fines for GDPR non-compliance. Europe is committed to taking a stand against corporations when it comes to privacy rights of consumers, intellectual property rights of content producers (although the planned law is controversial), and anti-competitive market positions.
But there is potential tension between the goal of harmonizing privacy law across EU member states, and implementation and