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Michael Wesch October 12, 2014

Posted by Tony Randall in Blogging, Teaching MM4J.
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If you haven’t seen this yet, make sure you take time to.

It’s fun and seriously fascinating, partly because Michael Wesch seems to be a genius at communicating ideas using social networking tools.

One way this lecture is useful to us is because it shows society’s developing confidence in its use of social media to express itself. It also makes us think about what is attractive about social media, its perhaps (once) surprisingly viral nature.

Thus it triggers ideas about opportunities for creating, distributing and interacting with social media content in very effective ways. Or in other words, getting messages across, perhaps millions of times over. That surely applies to journalism equally as much as any dance video craze or Charlie biting his brother’s finger.

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The question of Griffin October 24, 2009

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Nick Griffin has had his moment and I’m afraid he didn’t blow it, whatever the “mainstream” right-wingers say. Worse, the BNP man was perhaps eased off the Question Time hook by the very people who thought  their attack would leave him swinging there. (more…)

Murdoch et al just can’t let go October 13, 2009

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I found this story and  was kind of appalled and amused at the exact same time.

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Grouse October 6, 2009

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Last week the gamekeeper’s wife arrived on the doorstep and gave me two grouse still warm from the shoot.

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Blogging is your conversation October 6, 2009

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I’m exhorting my students to blog blog and blog some more. There is reluctance.They wonder if they have anything to say that is worth writing about.  And whether they are good enough. Some see it as just another thing to have to do, like twittering. (more…)

Going down to Rio October 3, 2009

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I’ve often wished I was blessed with the gift of oratory so I could grab hearts and minds with great speeches, carve up debates with mots justes and keep students awake for more than ten minutes in my lectures. My powers are fairly pedestrian, unlike Barack Obama. But I tell you what … (more…)

Hold the phone, your life’s going down the toilet September 30, 2009

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Since I’ve had a Blackberry I’ve had periodic bouts of addiction – most notably after downloading a chess app. I was  so reluctant to stop pondering my next killer move that a couple of times I came close to losing the thing down the toilet, and lately I’ve heard of two people I know who actually did lose their phones down the toilet. (more…)

Paella, easiest and best September 29, 2009

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This works. The secret is to always have some chorizo hanging around.

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Just an ordinary Joe October 5, 2008

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The first thing that occurred to me when I heard Joe Kinnear chatting with the press last week was Derek and Clive (if you’re not familiar, try This Bloke Came Up to Me, but not if your granny is listening –  and I hope that’s not too grannyist). (more…)