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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.



The question of Griffin October 24, 2009

Posted by Tony Randall in Journalism, Politics.
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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…)

Blogging is your conversation October 6, 2009

Posted by Tony Randall in Blogging, Journalism.
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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…)

Just an ordinary Joe October 5, 2008

Posted by Tony Randall in Journalism.
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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…)